During the press junket for When The Game Stands Tall, the good people over at Sony Pictures handed out a bunch of cool collectibles. I really loved the movie (I’m a football + Jim Caviezel fan), and I’m more than happy to offer up these items.
We’re giving away a When The Game Stands Tall collectible package which includes: A WTGST, large grey T-shirt, the When The Game Stands Tall book from Neil Hayes, and a WTGST mini-football.
Guardians of the Galaxy’s box-office dominance continued through the Labor Day Weekend, as it beat all comers with a $16.3 million take. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also did well, coming in second with $11.7 million, with the romantic drama If I Stay checking in at #3 with $9.26 million. In its second week of release, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For slipped out of the top ten and finished at #14 with a disappointing $2.17 million.
Here’s the top 10 (through Sunday):
Guardians of the Galaxy – $16.31 million
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $11.75 million
If I Stay – Chloë Grace Moretz drama has amassed $29.8 million domestically, a solid figure for this tearjerker. This weekend, it’s made $9.26 million.
As Above/So Below – Not above or below. Just average. $8.43 million
Let’s Be Cops – Buddy comedy has turned in over $57 million domestically, making it a sleeper hit for Fox. This weekend’s numbers: $8.2 million
The November Man – Pierce Brosnan returns to James Bond territory with unsatisfactory results. $7.6 million
When the Game Stands Tall – Jim Caviezel sports film makes $5.65 million.
It’s a new chapter for Live, as they forge ahead sans Ed Kowalczyk and continue their path with new lead vocalist Chris Shinn. Their new album The Turnis also on the horizon for an October release. Jerry Harrison, who also produced Live’s previous albums Mental Jewelry, Throwing Copper,and The Distance to Here, is also lending his production skills to The Turn.
As for the choice of Shinn, guitarist Chad Taylor sees the choice as a relative no-brainer, as he brings “a new dimension of musical skill and credibility to the table.” “The only name suggested by all three (including bassist Patrick Dahlheimer and drummer ChadGracey) of us was Chris Shinn,” adds Taylor. “There was no audition process. We simply called our friend and asked if he wanted to make Live music.”
The group, have launched a PledgeMusic campaign with a portion of the proceeds going to Musicians on Call. Fans who pre-order the album have various bundle options, one of which includes a Skype guitar lesson from Taylor. For more info, go to PledgeMusic’s official site.
The Turn, which comes out October 28, has the following track listing:
Although Belle & Sebastian have regrouped and recorded a new album in Atlanta, Georgia, founding member Stuart Murdoch also has cinema on his mind thanks to his feature directing debut God Help The Girl.
Set in Glasgow, the storyline centers on Eve (Emily Browning), a woman who’s blessed with both singing and songwriting skills. Overnight success is not in the offing, however, as constant hospital supervision and dependence on medication have their share of challenges on our ambitious protagonist. Upon befriending fellow music lovers Cassie (Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray) and James (Olly Hernandez), Eve may have a band and a group of friends to call her own.
Eve’s story, as well as the music that infuses her universe, was previously released as a God Help The Girlalbum from Stuart Murdoch back in 2009, and now Murdoch has released a soundtrack and the aforementioned film to add different colors to his painting.
On a surface level, one can enjoy God Help The Girl for the catchy and playfully choreographed numbers that are featured in the story (the movie is a mixture of musical, fantasy, and drama). During my interview with Stuart Murdoch, I asked him if God Help The Girl’s pop music holds much more layers upon closer look.
Check out Stuart Murdoch’s answer below, as he ties in Belle & Sebastian’s creative ambitions with the type of songwriting (and storytelling) that’s featured in God Help The Girl.
“Without sounding like too much hubris, the songs do quite come naturally to me. That’s what I’ve been doing all this time. I had a basic idea when Belle & Sebastian got together that we would try and write the best pop music we could because I was in love with hit music all the way through the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.
We would try to write the best pop music – we wouldn’t be indie pop. We would be pop music – but what we would be writing about, the words would maybe be darker. The words would be more honest than just kind of the frothy music from the ’60s and ’70s. You talk about how you feel. So naturally there’s more going on underneath the surface. Maybe you could say the same for (God Help The Girl).”
God Help The Girl (Not Rated, 111 minutes) hits theaters and Vimeo On Demand September 5.
With over $500 million accrued at the box office, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 will continue to do robust business when it comes out on Blu-ray and DVD November 11 (it hits Digital HD on October 21).
Fans who purchase the Blu-ray combo pack, DVD double pack, and Digital HD will also be treated to the animated feature Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers, which has Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his buddies attempting to be the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk.
Special features for the Blu-ray & Digital HD versions include:
Fishleg’s Dragon Stats – A guide on the various dragons that inhabit Berk.
Drago’s War Machines – Narrated by Gobber the Belch (Craig Ferguson), the featurette looks at the weapons and creatures that do Drago’s (Djimon Hounsou) evil bidding.
Berk’s Dragon World – More information on the dragons, plus the changes that were made to the island to help the humans and dragons peacefully coexist.
Hiccup’s Inventions in Flight – A look at how Hiccup and Toothless work in tandem to form Berk’s most popular (and effective) flying duo.
Filmmakers Commentary – Featuring writer-director Dean DeBlois, production designer Pierre-Olivier Vincent, character animation head Simon Otto, and producer Bonnie Arnold.
Where No One Goes: The Making of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Dragon Races – Play by play commentary is featured with this dragon race.
World of DreamWorks Animation – Select music videos from DreamWorks Animation feature films.
The DVD version’s special features are: Fishleg’s Dragon Stats, Image Gallery, Theatrical Trailer, and World of DreamWorks Animation.
The Mysteries of Laura, premiering September 24 on NBC (8 pm et/pt), stars Debra Messing as the titular NYPD homicide detective and mother of two misbehaving kids. Couple that with an impending divorce with a fellow cop named Jake (Josh Lucas), and Laura’s plate is more than full.
“I think that she compartamentalizes,” says Messing, who also starred in NBC’s series Smash. “And work is her domain and she is at the top of her domain. To have (Jake) come in who represents family and all of the complications that come with divorcing and co-parenting. For him to be her boss, it’s just a nightmare.”
In the video clip below, Messing, who did the interview with Lucas, talks about how she relates to Laura’s on the job “hyper-focus.” She also can commiserate with her character regarding the challenges of raising a family. Check out the video below:
The Mysteries of Laura also stars Laz Alonso and Janina Gavankar.
Jennifer Aniston enters Elmore Leonard territory with Life of Crime, a movie adaptation of the late scribe’s novel The Switch. Set in late 1970s Detroit, the storyline centers on a shady real estate developer (Tim Robins) who must pay a $1 million ransom for his kidnapped wife Mickey (Jennifer Aniston). The crooks who’ve taken Mickey hostage are named Ordell (Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkes), and they’re characters who later surface in Quentin Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown (Ordell is played by Samuel L. Jackson with Robert De Niro taking on the Louis role).
During the Life of Crime press conference that was held this week in Los Angeles, Jennifer Aniston was asked if directing was in her near future (she directed the two shorts Five and Room 10):
“Absolutely. That’s the next thing, the big sort of hurdle I want to take on. I’ve done a few short films that I just loved the experience of doing. I’m just waiting for that wonderful window and that wonderful script and that will be the next one for me.”
Whenever Aniston finds the time or the right material to direct a full length feature, don’t expect her to tackle science fiction or horror. Click on the Soundcloud bar below to hear Jennifer Aniston talk about the movies you’ll probably never see her direct:
Life of Crime hits theaters, Video On Demand, and iTunes on Friday, August 29.