Octavia Spencer Loves Visual Beauty And Storytelling Behind ‘The Shack’

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The faith based drama The Shack, headlined by Sam Worthington, did solid box office business this year with a $91 million worldwide take. The film, headlined by Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, hits Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.

Based on the bestselling novel, The Shack centers on Mark (Sam Worthington), a family man whose faith in God is shaken after a devastating tragedy. After receiving a mysterious invitation from three strangers led by Papa (Spencer), Mark begins the gradual process of strengthening his spirit and resolve. The picture also stars Tim McGraw and Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill).

Spencer, who was also seen this year in Gifted, says that The Shack’s themes and first rate ensemble are not the only reasons to check out the film. Click on the media bar below to hear Spencer talk about the visual beauty behind The Shack:


Special features on the disc include five featurettes on the making of the movie, audio commentary from director Stuart Hazeldine, and a deleted scene.

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Sam Worthington Aims For A Different Target In ‘The Hunter’s Prayer’ Trailer

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Director Jonathan Mostow has helmed his share of first rate features (Breakdown, U-571 and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), and it’s great to see him behind the camera once again with The Hunter’s Prayer. Sam Worthington, seen earlier this year in The Shack, is Stephen,  an assassin who decides not to kill his latest mark (Goosebumps’ Odeya Rush). A hitman who defies order usually ends his undoing, and it’ll be interesting to see if Stephen and the young woman he saves can get out of their situation alive and kicking.

The Hunter’s Prayer is Mostow’s first feature film since the 2009 Bruce Willis flick Surrogates and, considering his A-list body of work, one has to wonder why Mostow isn’t making a film every couple of years. Kurt Russell delivered one of his best performances as a suburban man out of his element in Breakdown, proving that Mostow is a master at telling stories with a high tension factor. That type of mood is infused in the trailer to The Hunter’s Prayer, and hopefully this movie signals much more Mostow films in the future. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

The Hunter’s Prayer hits select theaters and On Demand June 9.

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‘The Shack’ With Sam Worthington Hits Blu-Ray In May

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Sam Worthington fans may have to wait until 2020 to catch him in Avatar, but thankfully he’s picked his share of first rate projects in the interim. His latest film, the faith based drama The Shack, hits Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 30th via Lionsgate.

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, The Shack centers on Mack, a family man whose faith is understandably shaken after a family tragedy. His life is transformed after he’s invited to an abandoned shack, where God reveals himself in the form of three strangers (Octavia Spencer, Avraham Aviv Alush, Sumire Matsubara). Tim McGraw and Radha Mitchell co-star in the faith based film.

Special features on the disc include audio commentary from director Stuart Hazeldine, a deleted scenes, five featurettes, and the music video “Heaven Knows” by Hillsong United.

Worthington, who starred last year opposite Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge, was attracted to the film’s universal themes and ability to resonate with audience members long after the credits roll. Click on the media bar below to hear Worthington explain why The Shack is “great filmmaking.”

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Tim McGraw “Flooded With Tears” With ‘The Shack’s’ Universal Journey

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Tim McGraw stars as 'Willie' in THE SHACK. Photo Credit: Jake Giles Netter

Based on William P. Young’s bestselling novel, The Shack centers on Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington), a family man who’s grieving over his young daughter’s murder. Attempting to understand this senseless tragedy, Mack receives a mysterious letter in his mailbox inviting him to “the shack,” the place where his daughter’s dress was discovered. As he attempts to uncover the mystery behind the message, Mack undergoes a painstaking yet spiritual journey that forever alters his path.

Co-star Tim McGraw, who plays Mack’s supportive neighbor Willie in the narrative, initially was made aware of the story from wife Faith Hill, who had the book on her nightstand. When McGraw received the screenplay adaptation, he was “flooded with tears” while reading the story.

“I grew up going to church every Sunday and singing in church and all of those things” says McGraw. “But, to me, (The Shack has) a big, universal theme of forgiveness, love and hope.Those themes really resonated with me and I thought this story laid it out beautifully. No matter what your belief system is, you can see this film and you can understand this journey and get a perspective  on what that journey means to people.”

Mainly known for his acclaimed music career, McGraw talked about how his lifelong love for acting began. Click on the media bar below to hear McGraw elaborate on his early movie work, which includes his role in Friday Night Lights.

The Shack, co-starring Octavia Spencer, opens Friday, March 3.

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Sam Worthington Connects With “Great Filmmaking” Of ‘The Shack’

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Based on the New York Times bestselling book, The Shack centers on Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington), a man who’s struggling with his faith. After receiving a mysterious letter that leads him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness, Mack goes on a life changing journey spurred on by three strangers.

Though the movie should appeal to fans of faith based dramas, the project, from Worthington’s perspective, has universal appeal. “I liked the fact that the story could connect to you even if you weren’t religious or you weren’t spiritual,” says Worthington who starred last year in the Mel Gibson directed Hacksaw Ridge. I think there are still ideas and arguments that were proposed in the book and the script that we deal with every day or have thought of at least in our lifetime. Just to go into that journey of exploration I thought would be a challenge.”

Click on the media bar to hear Worthington explain why he sees The Shack as “great filmmaking.”

Co-starring Octavia Spencer and Radha Mitchell, The Shack opens nationwide March 3rd.

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