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UP IN THE AIR
As a drama, Up in the Air offers the best of both cinematic worlds; it contains all the heart and intimacy of a thoughtful indie, and all the pure entertainment value of a mainstream crowd-pleaser. Every scene, every line of dialogue offers either something to laugh at, reflect on, or further engage you in the lives of these characters. It’s one of those movies that’s so immediately watchable, I’m genuinely surprised to find out that there are people who dislike it. It might not be the most daring of cinematic endeavors, but it gets all of the important details right—smart writing, slick filmmaking, tight storytelling, terrific acting, etc.—and explores themes that anybody can relate to, asking the question: Which of these do you want to define your life: your job or your relationships? The answer may seem obvious, but Up in the Air tackles it in a way that refrains from leaving audiences with an easy answer.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Commentary by writer/director Jason Reitman and others, a Shadowplay: Before The Story featurette, and deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 8 additional deleted scenes, a “Help Yourself” music video by Sad Brad, storyboards, and a American Airlines Prank feature.
|BEST DVD PRICE
|Amazon – $16.99
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|Amazon – $26.99
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Another movie bites the dust at Disney. At this point the studio is 2 for 3 when it comes to killing off projects that sound utterly lousy. This is a trend I could get to like if I wasn’t certain it’ll eventually affect something good. After preemptively striking down both Wedding Banned and the new 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (maybe making the score 3 for 3, depending on your taste for underwater adventure) Disney has taken Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride out behind the woodshed and shot it. What happened? Read More »
Disney has released a new trailer for the new Walt Becker-directed comedy Old Dogs on MSN. Watching this trailer makes you wonder why Robin Williams can’t just make more movies like World’s Greatest Dad or Good Will Hunting. Oh, a paycheck you say? Yeah… that’s what we thought. And yes, Becker and John Travolta worked together in the 2007 film Wild Hogs. It’s also notable that Travolta’s daughter Ella Bleu makes her feature-film debut as one of the twins. Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston also stars in the film—marking the first time the couple has appeared in the same film in more than 20 years.
This new movie tells the story of two best friends — one unlucky-in-love divorcee (Williams) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (Travolta), who have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of 7-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins, “leading to one debacle after another, and perhaps to a new-found understanding of what’s really important in life.” Watch the trailer, if you dare, embedded after the jump.
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During the credits of the 81st Academy Awards, video clips were shown for many of the films that will hit theaters in 2009. You might have turned off the television after Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture and missed everything. Or maybe you just want to see the awesome Terminator Salvation footage or the first look at Public Enemiess again. If so, don’t worry, we have the whole 3-minute clip embedded after the jump.
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Last week Paramount and Fox announced major post-writers strike schedule shuffles. I speculated that because of ‘the rule of threes’, that one more studio would announce a reshuffled calendar by Friday. And here we are on Wednesday, with a bunch of new dates from Disney. Let’s take a look at the new Disney schedule:
The big screen adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, has been moved forward from mid-June to July 10th 2009. Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 hits theaters two weeks earlier on June 26th. Disney believes they will make more at the box office with the head start.
The sci-fi adventure comedy sequel/remake Race to Witch Mountain starring The Rock will hit theaters on March 13th 2009, up against Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 3-D will hit theaters a week later on March 19th 2010.
The Jonathan Mostow Sci-fi action adaptation The Surrogates starring Bruce Willis has been given a holiday release: November 20th 2009. The film with counter DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. Set in a future world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robot avatars, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate a murder mystery.
The Wild Hogs sequel titled Old Dogs starring John Travolta, Robin Williams and Seth Green, has been pushed back from a 2008 TBA to April 10th 2009. The original film was released in March, so it’s likely that Disney didn’t want to deviate from the marketing formula. Dogs will go up against Paramount’s RenÃ©e Zellweger horror/thriller Case 39.
The Hannah Montana Movie will now counter Fox’s comic book prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1st 2009. This means that Disney’s animated 3D movie G-Force had to be moved to July 24th. Not a great date considering that it will now go head to head with New Line’s animated Planet 51 and The Weinstein Co’s horror remake Piranha 3D.
The big screen adaptation of Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher has been bumped from it’s October 9th 2008 date to a prime 2009 Valentine’s Day release. In effect, the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy The Proposal will now get a September 25th release.
The following is an Open Letter to Robin Williams:
I know we aren’t friends. You don’t even know me, although I know you. We even live down the street from one another. I’ve followed your career since Mork & Mindy (in reruns). I’m a big fan of your earlier work, and an even bigger supporter of your dramatic crossover films, Good Will Hunting and One Hour Photo in particular. Heck, I even enjoyed Hook.
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