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DUE DATE
(Blu-ray available as ‘Blu-ray only’ and ‘Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy’)
I wasn’t nearly as impressed by The Hangover as the rest of the world seemed to be, nor was I as dismayed by Due Date. In my estimation, the primary reason Todd Phillips’ latest comedy fell short of his previous effort is novelty—as much in premise as character dynamic and comedic set pieces. Given enough time, I think both films will appear similarly tired. Until then though, Due Date remains a moderately enjoyable Planes, Trains and Automobiles retread, afforded more vibrancy than it’s worth due to its affable leads. Robert Downey Jr. plays the easily irritated straight man, and Zach Galifianakis plays the eccentric, flamboyant whack-job who consistently ruins his day. There are only so many directions to take that pairing, and we’ve seen most of them play out over the course of the past 80 or so years. Due Date has little new to bring to the table. But then, it’s an ‘odd couple’ road trip comedy in 2010. How could it?
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A gag reel. 2-Disc Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as additional scenes, a complete Two and a Half Men Scene featuring Ethan Tremblay, a Due Date Action Mash-Up, and a Due Date Too Many Questions Mash-Up.

BEST DVD PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$14.99 $13.99 N/A
Amazon – $13.99

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$19.99 $19.99 N/A
Amazon – $19.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $24.99 at Target, Best Buy, and Amazon.

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THR’s 2010 Awards Watch Actors Roundtable

It’s award season, and The Hollywood Reporter has begun posting their series of roundtable discussions with the contenders. Last month they posted an one-hour discussion between screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and the Animators roundtable discussion between Bonnie Arnold (producer, How to Train Your Dragon), Roy Conli (producer, Tangled), Bob Last (producer, The Illusionist), Tom McGrath (director, Megamind), Chris Meledandri (producer, Despicable Me) and Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3).

Today they have posted the actors roundtable, which features James Franco (127 Hours), Duvall (Get Low), Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right). Here are the listed highlights:

James Franco admitted he hates a lot of his movies. Robert Duvall questioned David Fincher’s shooting style. And Ryan Gosling opened up about getting fired by Peter Jackson. It was an especially candid Hollywood Reporter Roundtable when six of the year’s most awards-worthy actors –  got together Nov. 5 at Siren Studios in Hollywood for an hourlong discussion.

It’s great to watch these amazing actors talk with each other about their craft. You can watch the entire one-hour long roundtable after the jump.

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It’s been a while since our last movie poster round-up, and a  lot of one-sheets have hit the local multiplex and are now online. After the jump you will see posters for the following films: Academy Award-nominated documentary director Nanette Burstein‘s fictional feature debut Going the Distance, Get Low starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray, Winebago Man, The Dry Land, Radu Mihaileanu’s The Concert, an international one-sheet for Tron Legacy, Piranha 3D, an international poster for Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Extra Man, Easy A starring Emma Stone.

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‘Get Low’ Trailer

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Get Low, which features Bill Murray as a scheming funeral director hired by an irascible hermit (Robert Duvall) to stage his own funeral while alive, did well at the Toronto Film Festival and was quickly bought by Sony Pictures Classics. Now there’s a trailer for the odd-looking comedy. Read More »

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Reporting on an event like TIFF from the comfort of my own home is frustrating. There’s the drive to learn as much about all the new films as possible, without learning too much and unavoidably pre-judging the films before actually seeing them. But some reviews just have to be read. I’d been curious about the Greek film Dogtooth since it debuted at Cannes, where it went on to win in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. And Get Low, which unites Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black, just sounded like a great little flick.

Now both movies are earning great notes out of Toronto. Dogtooth has a distribution deal and Robert Duvall’s performance in Get Low is the one everybody seems to be talking about. Read More »

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