‘May In The Summer’ From Cherien Dabis Hits Blu-ray In January

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May In The Summer, the latest drama from director and writer Cherien Dabis (Amreeka), hits Blu-ray and DVD January 30 via Cohen Media Group.

The storyline centers on May Brennan (Dabis), a woman who is set to marry a New York scholar (Cairo Time actor Alexander Siddig). Her trip to the altar, however, is filled with complications as her Christian mother (Hiam Abbass) disapproves of the scholar’s Muslim faith.

Bill Pullman (The Zero Effect, Independence Day) co-stars as May’s estranged dad and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development).

Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include a featurette, stills gallery, and trailer.

 

 

Hayley Atwell Continues ‘Agent Carter’ Adventures With January Premiere

Premiering on ABC Tuesday, January 6 (8-10 pm et/pt), Marvel’s Agent Carter follows Peggy Carter’s (Hayley Atwell) post-Captain America adventures, as she works for the covert organization SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve).

Though she’s proven her mettle in the battlefield, Peggy has to balance doing administrative work for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) while undertaking secret missions on the side.

Hayley Atwell, whose previous film credits include the Woody Allen drama Cassandra’s Crossing and The Duchess, talks about Carter’s dilemma when the 7-episode series begins:

We find her in 1946, the year after the end of the first Captain America – we know that she’s lost Steve and she finds herself working at the SSR. It’s a position that’s one that she wants but she’s not used to the full extent of her abilities.

We’ve got the backdrop of gender roles and the politics involved in an environment like that – in a male dominated world for her. So she’s very frustrated – she’s not doing what she’s set out to do. She’s nowhere near (to) fulfilling her destiny. And we see the frustrations (and) what that means to her and her fight to be taken seriously.

Hayley Atwell in Marvel's Agent Carter - (Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless)
Hayley Atwell in Marvel’s Agent Carter – (Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless)

The show also stars Chad Michael Murray (“Agent Jack Thompson”), Enver Gjokai (“Agent Daniel Sousa”), and Boardwalk Empire’s Shea Whigham (“Chief Roger Dooley”).

Kevin Smith Thriller ‘Tusk’ Hits Blu-ray Next Week

Tuck, filmmaker Kevin Smith’s return to cinema, hits Blu-ray and DVD December 30 via Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Tusk - Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Tusk – Lionsgate Home Entertainment

The story, penned by Smith, centers on a podcaster (Justin Long) who travels to remote area of Canada to interview a recluse (Michael Parks) who has a strange fixation for walruses.

Believing he’s landed a huge story, the podcaster is transformed in more ways than one. Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, and Johnny Depp are among the film’s co-stars.

Special features on the Blu-Ray and DVD include:
  1. Deleted Scenes
  2. Audio commentary with Kevin Smith
  3. “20 Years to Tusk” featurette
  4. SModcast #259: The Walrus and the Carpenter

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Ricky Jay Gets “Deceptive” For ‘American Masters’ Season Premiere

Ricky Jay is the subject of the Season 29 premiere of American Masters, as Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice premieres Friday, January 23 at 9 p.m. (PBS).

Known for his lifelong collaboration with director/writer/playwright David Mamet (House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner) and his recurring role on HBO’s DeadwoodJay has carved out a successful career as a magician, bestselling writer, history and actor.

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Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice, narrated by Dick Cavett, features rare performance footage of Jay and new interviews with his friends and collaborators (Mamet is also interviewed in the special).

“I am truly honored to be included in this iconic series, and grateful to be able to introduce viewers to the great sleight-of-hand artists who were my mentors and my inspiration,” says Jay.

 Ricky Jay. Photo credit: Theo Westenberger/Autry Museum

Ricky Jay. Photo credit: Theo Westenberger/Autry Museum

For more info, please check out: http://pbs.org/americanmasters.

 

Clint Eastwood Puts Cinematic “Heart” Into ‘American Sniper’

Opening in select theaters December 25, American Sniper centers on U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a war vet who spent four tours of duty in Iraq. Known as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, Kyle’s autobiography (which the film is based on) spent 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Sienna Miller also stars as Kyle’s iron-willed wife Tara Kyle in the film, which is directed by Clint Eastwood.

During the American Sniper press conference Tara Kyle praised the dedication screenwriter Jason Hall, Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood had while making the film.

“I do know before they left, (Clint) stopped and he was a little choked up and said, ‘I just want you to know, that your story has my heart.’ I can’t ask for better than that – truly. I feel like this is about the heart of our men and women who serve and their families.” 

To hear Tara Kyle’s full answer, please click on the media bar below.

‘The Hobbit’ Takes Box Office Weekend With $56.2 Million Haul

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was the number one film over the holiday weekend, as it took in $56.2 million. Coming in a distant second was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with $17.3 million, followed by the critically panned musical Annie ($16.3 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

  1. The Hobbit – $56.2 million
  2. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – A disappointing weekend, as the film’s budget is estimated at $127 million. $17.3 million.
  3. Annie – A solid debut with $16.3 million, as its estimated budget is $65 million.
  4. Exodus: Gods and Kings – $8.1 million this weekend, and an unspectacular $38.7 million domestically in its two weeks of release.
  5. The Hunger Games: Mockingay Part 1 – $7.8 million
  6. Wild – $4.2 million
  7. Top Five – In $3.65 million
  8. Big Hero 6 – $3.6 million
  9. Penguins of Madagascar – $3.5 million
  10. P.K. – $3.5 million
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

‘Big Eyes’ Featurette Centers On Walter Keane’s Big Lies

Opening December 25, Big Eyes is the true story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), a woman who claimed she was the true artist behind Walter Keane’s (Christoph Waltz) work.

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Directed by Tim Burton, the feature deals with Margaret’s journey in stepping out of the shadows of her husband’s popularity and claiming what is rightfully hers.

The new Big Eyes featurette, exclusively available on Yahoo! Screen, contains archival footage of Walter Keane that hasn’t been viewed by the public in over 40 years (it was revealed on last week’s installment of CBS Sunday Morning).

(L-R) AMY ADAMS and CHRISTOPH WALTZ star in BIG EYES
(L-R) AMY ADAMS and CHRISTOPH WALTZ star in BIG EYES
The featurette also contains interviews with Margaret Keane, clips from the movies, and interviews with Big Eyes writers/producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.