September 8, 2013 |
Star Trek Into Darkness Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$54.99 Available on VOD beginning Sept. 10 Although it's not as much fun as the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot, J.J. Abrams' sequel has the same major asset as its predecessor: a winning cast that ventures through space with the kind of amiable collegiality that made the original TV series such a joy. This time out, Chris Pine (as Kirk), Zachary Quinto (as Spock), Zoe Saldana (as Uhura) and Simon Pegg (as Scotty) are joined by the always-magnificent Benedict Cumberbatch, playing a mysterious, superhuman villain looking to destroy the credibility of the Federation.
September 3, 2013 |
The computer-animated fantasy film "Epic" was the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, passing the action movies that dominated the previous week's rankings. "Olympus Has Fallen," a White House-set action movie starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, fell to No. 2 in its second week. "Epic," featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis and Beyonce, tells the story of a teenage girl magically sent to a secret forest in the midst of an intense struggle between good and evil.
August 26, 2013 |
A trio of action films took the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray spots last week as the explosion-packed blockbusters from the spring started to hit retail shelves. In its first week in release, the White House-set thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" was the No. 1 DVD and Blu-ray title. The movie, which stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent who has to save the White House from a terrorist takeover, got a lukewarm critical reception but performed well at the box office . PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle "Oblivion" slipped to second place for the week, and "G.I.
August 19, 2013 |
The science fiction movie "Oblivion," starring Tom Cruise, soared to the top of the DVD and Blu-ray disc sales chart in its first week in release. The dystopian drama, directed by Joseph Kosinski, had a strong box-office showing in April despite mixed reviews. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the action movie featuring Dwayne Johnson , Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum , held the No. 1 spot among rentals in its second week. Here are the top titles for the week that ended Aug. 10 for sales and Aug. 11 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "Oblivion" (Universal)
August 12, 2013 |
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation," starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum, is dominating in home entertainment. The big-budget action film from Paramount is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray disc title, as well as the top rental. The Jackie Robinson biopic "42" was second-bestselling DVD in its third week in release, while the raunchy comedy "Identity Thief" held strong, taking the No. 2 spot in rentals in its ninth week. Here are...
August 11, 2013 |
What Maisie Knew Millennium, $28.99; Blu-ray, $29.99 Available on VOD beginning Aug. 13 It's tough enough to have a normal childhood in the cramped bustle of the big city, but even harder when being shuttled back and forth between two parents who hate each other and are too busy with their careers to be actual guardians. In co-director Scott McGehee and David Siegel's adaptation of Henry James' novel "What Maisie Knew" (scripted by Nancy Doyne and Carroll Cartwright), Onata Aprile plays a little girl who gets lost in the shuffle when her mom and dad split up and take new lovers.
August 11, 2013 |
The 1987 film "Ishtar" has long held a cultural status much larger than that of just a single movie, as shorthand for the utter worst, an epochal flop with audiences and critics alike and a huge financial bomb. Its air of failure has become all-encompassing, or as one of the songs featured in the movie put it, "Hello, Ishtar ... You're a state of mind. " The notorious reputation of "Ishtar" as too-expensive and no-good has long crushed the actual film. Last summer, the headline of a New York Times article on the box-office performance of "John Carter" declared "'Ishtar' lands on Mars," and just recently an angry investor railed against a string of summer flops at Sony by declaring it was putting out 2013 versions of "Ishtar.
August 10, 2013 |
Laurence Olivier was among the world's most accomplished actors, but he wasn't a big enough star. That was the consensus of Paramount honchos in 1965, when director John Frankenheimer was planning his eighth feature, the science fiction thriller "Seconds," and wanted the esteemed Brit in the lead role. What might at first have seemed like executive-suite folly led to an inspired instance of counterintuitive casting: Rock Hudson, Hollywood's reigning romantic-comedy dreamboat, in what is unquestionably one of the darkest studio movies ever made.
August 6, 2013 |
The home entertainment business is growing again, albeit slowly, despite the fact that people continue to spend less on DVDs. After years of declines, total consumer spending on movies for home use grew 2% in the first half of the year to $8.63 billion. People increasingly spent money to access or own digital copies of movies, which helped make up for declining sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs. A 15% increase in sales of more expensive Blu-rays helped offset an overall decline in disc sales of about 5%. FULL COVERAGE: Home Entertainment Most of the business went to online retailers Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc.'s iTunes store, Best Buy Co.'s CinemaNow, Google Play and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Vudu.
August 5, 2013 |
Holding on from the previous week, the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" was the top-selling DVD, coming in ahead of "Evil Dead," the remake of the 1981 cult horror favorite. "Identity Thief," the crime comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was again No. 1 among rentals in its eighth week in release. PHOTO GALLERY: Woody Allen's all time top box office hits Here are the top titles for the week that ended July 27 for...