Blu-ray Blast: Inside Llewyn Davis Readies For A March Release

Inside Llewyn Davis (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)It’s still hard to stomach that Oscar Isaac’s compelling, and ultimately heartbreaking portrayal of a stubborn folk singer was snubbed by the Academy. But Oscar voters aren’t exactly on my mind these days, especially since Inside Llewyn Davis is now being released March 11 on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The narrative centers on the titular character (Isaac), a folk singer whose life and talent was inspired by Dave Van Ronk (his track ‘Green, Green Rocky Road’ is featured on ILD’s stellar soundtrack). Penned and helmed by Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis contains the darkly humorous pessimism featured in their most resonant work (No Country for Old Men, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, and A Serious Men travel similar thematic ground), as Llewyn Davis just can’t seem to catch a break. Like much of the Coens’ stories, Davis’ failure isn’t simply due to his human frailties, but sometimes life is really about timing and, as the closing moments of this story suggests, sometimes lightning doesn’t strike twice.

The Blu-ray & DVD special features are unfortunately threadbare, as the only offering is the featurette “Inside Inside Llewyn Davis.” The making of documentary features the Coens, Elijah Wald, Stark Sands, T-Bone Burnett, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Chris Thile, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, production designer Jess Gonchor, art director Mary Zophres, and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel.

To hear Oscar Isaac talk about why his collaboration with the Coen Bros. worked so well in Inside Llewyn Davis, click on the media bar below:

About Last Night’s Kevin Hart on Comedy: “Laughing Heals All Wounds”

Bernie (Kevin Hart)in Screen Gems' ABOUT LAST NIGHT.With the success of Think Like A Man, Grudge Match, and Ride Along, Kevin Hart is definitely, to quote one of his phrases, “coming in hot” with the relationship comedy About Last Night. A remake of the popular 1986 feature (which is based the David Mamet work Sexual Perversity in Chicago), About Last Night centers on the highs and lows of two couples (Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant) who live, work, and play in downtown Los Angeles.

During a recent interview to promote the film, a journo asked Hart how he prepared for his love scenes with Hall, and although the following quote applies to the picture, it also can be applied to Mr. Hart’s approach to life.

“You’ve got to understand the type of person I am,” says Hart. “You can’t be awkward or uncomfortable around me. I’m too open, and if you are uncomfortable I’m going to make you comfortable very fast. Laughing heals all wounds.”

One of the misconceptions regarding Mr. Hart’s career is that he’s an overnight success, and it’s a perception that is somewhat understandable considering overwhelming reception he’s received the past several years. Hart has actually been paving his way in the business for close to 15 years, and back in 2004 he starred in the short-lived TV series The Big House and was also the lead in Soul Plane.

Close to a decade later, the actor/comedian is still growing as an artist. Part of Hart’s longevity deals with his dedication in learning all aspects of show business. Click on the media bar below to hear Kevin Hart talk about one of the secrets to his success.

About Last Night opens February 14.

Sarah Hyland Hopes ‘Vampire Academy’ Scores With “Supportive” Fans

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Best known for her work on Modern Family, Sarah Hyland is also carving out a career in film. Vampire Academy, based on the popular book penned by Richelle Mead, co-stars Gabriel Byrne (he plays her father in the feature) hits theaters on February 7. The actress is hoping the book’s diehard fans will have a positive experience with the film version.

“I really hope the fans love the movie,” said Hyland, who starred last year in the Lifetime film Bonnie & Clyde. “They’ve been so supportive since the beginning. They make the most beautiful fan art I’ve ever seen. Sometimes I think fans should make the posters instead of the people that do. Our posters are amazing, I’m not demeaning them in any way…there are beautiful artists out there that are fans of the book. I just hope they like because they’re the ones invested in it. Even more than we are, I think. We put our souls into it, but they are the souls of the book.”

Photo: (Modern Family/ABC/Bob D'Amico)

During interviews for Vampire Academy, I asked Hyland how she stays “in the moment” as an actress, and she admitted that it differs from project to project. With Modern Family, the level of comfort definitely helps the process, and in one instance she recounts shooting a scene that she doesn’t even remember working on. Check out the audio clip below:

A new episode of Modern Family airs Wednesday night (ABC, 9 pm et/pt), with Vampire Academy opening on Friday.