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These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there’s still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven’t solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant and new digital releases from iTunes and VUDU each week in Moviefone’s Digital Download.
This week’s Digital Download picks range from neurotic authors and silent-film bullfighters, to man-operated robots and futuristic fighting cyborgs. Check out our suggestions below, and happy streaming!
Comedy: The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy
If you’re craving the ultimate comedy movie marathon, then you’ve come to the right ice cream shop (at least in Edgar Wright World). iTunes is featuring all three films from Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, including 2004′s "Shaun of the Dead," 2007′s "Hot Fuzz," and this summer’s "The World’s End," which isn’t available on DVD until next week! From hilarious zombie takeovers, crime solving, and alien invasions, Wright’s trilogy is sure to keep you laughing.
Buy It On: iTunes
Action: ‘Pacific Rim’ (2013)
Arguable one of the year’s best action movies (what sounds more awesome than Jaegers versus Kaijus?), "Pacific Rim" is full of blockbuster fun. Guillermo Del Toro‘s future-set film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Rinko Kikuchi, and its stunning visuals and gripping action won’t leave you bored for a moment. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? And if you have, why not revisit the monstrous battles again?
Rent or Buy On: VUDU
Classic: ‘Manhattan‘ (1979)
Hopeless romance, New York City, black-and-white, and Woody Allen: could it get any better than that? No, it can’t. Allen’s 1979 favorite, "Manhattan," stars him (who else?) as a TV writer trying to write a novel who just so happens to be dating a high schooler, but then decides to look for love elsewhere. This quintessential Woody Allen comedy is perfect to revisit on a cold night when you’re dreaming of romance and the Manhattan skyline — and don’t we all do that from time to time?
Stream It On: Amazon Instant Video
Sci-Fi: ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ (1991)
Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Terminator is back in James Cameron’s sequel, and this time he’s reprogrammed with one badass mission: to protect the the young John Connor (Edward Furlong) from the dangerous T-1000 cyborg (Robert Patrick). From it’s epic motorcycle-semi chase to Arnold’s one-handed shotgun tricks, "Terminator 2" has, over time, become regarded as one of the best sci-fi/action flicks ever made.
Stream It On: Netflix
Indie/Documentary: ‘Blackfish‘ (2013)
This acclaimed documentary critiques the dangers of keeping killer whales captive. Gabriela Cowperthwaite‘s "Blackfish" examines the notorious Tilikum, the killer whale responsible for the deaths of multiple people, including the whale’s trainer. While disturbing and emotional, "Blackfish" will make you question who the real villains are: the corporate theme parks or the animals.
Rent or Buy On: VUDU
Foreign: ‘Blancanieves‘ (2012)
This Spanish film offers an unusual twist on the "Snow White" tale and follows the young daughter of a matador who escapes her evil stepmother to join a troupe of bullfighting dwarfs. And did we mention "Blancanieves" is a silent film shot in black and white? If that doesn’t tickle your cinephile fancy then we don’t know what does! Also said to be a more sincere masterpiece of modern silent film than "The Artist" (no hate, we still love the Oscar-winner), this Spanish film is definitely a must-see.
Stream It On: Netflix
New to Stream:
- ‘2 Guns‘ Buy On: VUDU
- ‘A Case of You’ Rent On: iTunes
- ‘The Attack’ Rent or Buy On: VUDU
- ‘Cold Turkey‘ Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- ‘How I Live Now‘ Rent On: iTunes
- ‘Jobs’ Rent or Buy On: VUDU
- ‘Man of Steel’ Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- ‘The Motel ;Life’ Rent or Buy On: VUDU
- ‘Red 2′ Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- ‘Turbo’ Rent or Buy On: iTunes
- ‘We’re the Millers’ Buy On: VUDU
WATCH: Jean-Claude Van Damme Does ‘The Most Epic Of Splits’
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WATCH: Jean-Claude Van Damme Does ‘The Most Epic Of Splits’
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WATCH: Jean-Claude Van Damme Does The Most Epic Of Splits
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:18:40 GMT
Like parents, like children.
Marital dysfunction is getting passed down to the next generation in a sequel to "The War of the Roses." Deadline reports that Warren Adler’s follow-up novel is being adapted for a sequel to the 1989 black comedy starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.
"War of the Roses" pitted Oliver and Barbara Rose against each other in a bitter, brutal, house-destroying divorce battle. "The War of the Roses: The Children" focuses on their son and daughter, Josh and Evie, who are not living in wedded bliss as adults. Josh is a serial adulterer, while Evie is a promiscuous overeater, and both bear scars from their parents’ divorce.
Permut Presentations and Grey Eagle Films are producing the film and are looking for a writer to adapt Adler’s book. It’s unclear if Danny DeVito, who directed "War of the Roses," would be involved with the sequel, or if the original movie’s stars would make cameos.
2011′s "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" was about as big and as pleasurable a surprise as you could imagine. Four movies into the franchise, which had already weathered a series of ups and downs, returned in fine form with a beautifully directed, wonderfully exciting installment directed by a filmmaker making his live action debut, Brad Bird ("Ratatouille"). Beyond the smashing creative accomplishment, it was also a genuine blockbuster; not only was it the highest grossing entry in the franchise, but also the highest grossing movie starring Tom Cruise. Ever.
So the pressure’s on for "Mission: Impossible 5" to actually deliver. Much about the sequel remains unknown, although considering producer J.J. Abrams is back on board, it’s safe to assume that at least some of the characters from the fourth film will make it back (the team dynamic was so great there). At least we now know when to look for it: Paramount has announced a Christmas Day, 2015 release date for the fifth film. Choose to accept it.
This time around the film will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who did un-credit script work on the fourth movie and is Cruise’s go-to guy, having written "Valkyrie" and written and directed last year’s unfairly overlooked "Jack Reacher." (McQuarrie, along with virtually every other screenwriter in Hollywood, also had a hand in Cruise’s "Edge of Tomorrow," which opens next summer.) Drew Pearce, who co-wrote this year’s outstanding "Iron Man 3" with Shane Black, wrote the script for "Mission: Impossible 5" alongside McQuarrie.
What’s interesting is that the film will open just a week after Disney unleashes "Star Wars: Episode VII," a film that is being directed by "Mission: Impossible 5" producer J.J. Abrams. It’s unlikely any blockbuster stands a chance against that behemoth, but you’ve got to give Paramount credit for standing their ground. (Fox and DreamWorks Animation will release "Kung Fu Panda 3" that same day, while Warner Bros. has Ben Affleck’s period crime epic "Live By Night" also opening.)
While it would be somewhat foolhardy to think that it can scale the heights of "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," it’s feasible to think that it can at least try. It is their mission, should they choose to accept it.
Who could have guessed that Chris Pratt, the lovable goofball from "Parks and Recreation," would be Hollywood’s next big-time action leading man? Of course, when Michael Keaton, who was primarily known for his comedic output, was cast as Batman, people booed and balked. And we know that that turned out pretty well. And while Pratt briefly showed his action chops in last year’s "Zero Dark Thirty," he’ll shine (quite literally, we assume) in next summer’s poppy Marvel confection "Guardians of the Galaxy," where he plays dashing rogue Starlord. And it looks like he’s being eyed for another huge franchise: apparently Universal wants him for "Jurassic World," the hugely anticipated fourth "Jurassic Park" movie, according to The Wrap.
Supposedly Pratt will take over the role recently earmarked for Josh Brolin, until the deal stalled in the negotiation phase. Jason Schwartzman is supposedly up for another role; that has yet to be confirmed by the actor or the studio (we asked him last week and he wouldn’t spill). Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins are also locked. The same Wrap report also notes that the studio is interested in Irrfan Khan ("Life of Pi") for a role.
Plot details for this newest installment have been kept under wraps (and guarded by bloodthirsty velociraptors), but it’s been rumored that the movie will follow a version of the park that is fully functional. This idea, it goes without saying, is really, really cool. Director Colin Trevorrow, who is reteaming with his "Safety Not Guaranteed" screenwriter Derek Connolly (who is also working on a movie for Pixar), will helm the 3D extravaganza.
Pratt can be seen next month in Spike Jonze‘s wonderful sci-fi romance "Her," and is the lead vocal performer in February’s "The LEGO Movie" (he also costars in "The Delivery Man" with Vince Vaughn, so there’s that). He’s going to be huge!
[via The Wrap]
This weekend, a group of old college friends reunite for the holidays in "The Best Man Holiday," and an aging father believes he’s become a millionaire after receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail in "Nebraska."
"The Best Man Holiday," Malcolm D. Lee’s sequel to his 1999′s "The Best Man," reunites the original movie’s cast, including Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, and Harold Perrineau. The film picks up 15 years later, when the college friends reunite for the Christmas holiday. However, while a whole lot of time may have passed, the romantic tensions and forgotten rivalries start to brew up again.
In Alexander Payne‘s ("The Descendants") "Nebraska," Bruce Dern plays aging Woody, a man of little words in denial of his drinking problem. When Woody receives a marketing letter in the mail informing him that he’s won a million dollars, he believes it and attempts to travel to collect his prize. Unable to convince him of the false letter, his son David (Will Forte) begrudgingly offers to drive his father to Nebraska to earn his winnings.
Also, in limited release:
- "The Starving Games," as you can probably guess from the title, is a "Hunger Games" spoof where Kantmiss Evershot competes for her life, and also for a foot-long sub and a half-eaten pickle.
- In "Charlie Countryman," Shia LaBeouf plays a young man travelling to Romania who falls for a girl (Evan Rachel Wood), but gets caught up in dangerous with her violent ex (Mads Mikkelsen).
- Peter Bogdanovich stars in "Cold Turkey," a drama about a dysfunctional family getting together for the Thanksgiving holiday.
- Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon play a minimum wage employed, Florida couple dealing with an unexpected pregnancy in "Sunlight Jr."
What are you most excited to see this weekend?
We get it, Tom Hiddleston, you’re the most adorable charming man on the planet. You don’t need to keep rubbing it in our faces. Okay, maybe you do.
Hiddleston, who plays the villainous god of mischief Loki in last weekend’s blockbuster "Thor: The Dark World," is potentially the most affable human being currently living. If you need further evidence of this, watch as he does karaoke in a car for a weird German talk show (it’s "Stand By Me," in case you were wondering). It’s the closest we’ve ever seen to Hiddleston seeming slightly "uncomfortable," but when push comes to shove and some strange German goads you into singing, you better believe the trickster god sings!
Hiddleston was pressured into another silly challenge while on the "Thor" red carpet. Maria Menounos, the incredibly attractive Extra reporter with the most annoying laugh ever, asked Hiddleston to join in a dance-off against his "Thor: The Dark World" costar Zachary Levi. He just went for it. And it was kind of amazing. Levi claims that he won the dance off. He did not.
Both of these videos illustrate that being the most likable, easy-going guy in the world has its downside: if someone asks you to do something insane and potentially stupid, you’ll probably do it.
We will keep you abreast of the next goofy, endearing thing Hiddleston does, as Hiddlewatch ’13 continues.