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Take home John Wick: Chapter 2

JW2_3D_RGB_4KUltraOCrd_Skew_NEWYou can’t take Keanu Reeves home today, but you can take John Wick: Chapter 2!!! The highly anticipated, hard-hitting second installment in the thrilling John Wick saga, shoots its way and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand on June 13 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. Keanu Reeves returns with director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad in this globe-trotting, action-packed thriller. Reeves stars alongside an all-star cast including Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Common, Peter Stormare, and, reuniting with Reeves for the first time since The Matrix films, Laurence Fishburne. The Digital HD is available since May 23.

Legendary hit man John Wick is forced out of retirement again by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD releases feature over three hours of extensive bonus material including feature-length audio commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski, three deleted scenes, nine featurettes, the official John Wick “Kill Count” video, and the Dog Wick short. Featurettes include “RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick,” featuring the cast discussing the success of the first film; “Training John Wick,” showing Keanu Reeves and Common training with guns, cars, and hand-to-hand combat; “Wick-vizzed,” which looks at the blueprint “pre-viz” of John Wick’s action beats; “As Above, so Below: The Underworld of John Wick,” exploring the assassin’s underworld in the movie; “Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership,” delving into the long-standing relationship between Keanu Reeves and one-time stunt coordinator – and now director – Chad Stahelski; “Car Fu Ridealong,” where fans can experience a true ride-along with Keanu Reeves and the stunt driver; “Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene,” breaking down one of the fight sequences from concept to screen; and “Wick’s Toolbox,” looking into John Wick’s bag of tricks. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions will also feature Dolby Atmos audio remixed specifically for the home-theater environment, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

4K/BLU-RAY/ DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick” Featurette
  • ‘Training John Wick” Featurette
  • “WICK-vizzed” Featurette
  • “Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership” Featurette
  • “As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick” Featurette
  • “Car Fu Ridealong” Featurette
  • “Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene” Featurette
  • “Wick’s Toolbox” Featurette
  • “Kill Count” Featurette
  • Dog Wick Short
  • Audio Commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick” Featurette
  • “As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick” Featurette
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The Shack ‘reveals’ on Blu-ray & DVD today

Based on the worldwide best-selling novel, with over 22 million copies in print, the inspirational story of faith and love, The Shack, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Sam Worthington, Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (link to her interview to Jana On Camera), and country music superstar Tim McGraw, The Shack takes us through a father’s experience learning the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness.

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel by William P. Young, written for the screen by John Fusco and Andrew Lanham & Destin Cretton, and directed by Stuart Hazeldine, The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mackenzie, played by Sam Worthington, spirals into a crisis of faith and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on, until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa, played by Octavia Spencer. Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

The Shack home entertainment release will feature audio commentary with director Stuart Hazeldine, five featurettes, and a deleted scene. The Digital HD was available since May 16.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Hazeldine
  • “Touched by God: A Writer’s Journey” Featurette
  • “God’s Heart for Humanity” Featurette
  • “”Heaven Knows”: The Power of Song with Hillsong United” Featurette
  • “Something Bigger than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack” Featurette
  • “Premiere Night: A Blessed Evening” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene

The clip called “Who am I Supposed to Judge?” shows Wisdom, played by Brazilian actress Alice Braga, asks Mackenzie, played by Sam Worthington, if he believes he is right at judging people based on their current actions without looking at their backstory. Let’s check out this exclusive scene shared by Gazeta News:


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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD – Trailer Debut

Lionsgate debuted today the trailer for the new action-comedy film The Hitman’s Bodyguard!

The world’s top protection agent, played by Ryan Reynolds, is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen, played by Samuel L. Jackson. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator, played by Gary Oldman, who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard will be “hitting” your theaters on August 18!

 


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New Lionsgate drama WONDER debuts trailer & poster

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Based on the New York Times bestseller, the new drama from Lionsgate WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman.  Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.  As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Lionsgate presents, in association with Walden Media and Participant Media, a Mandeville Films / Lionsgate production.

 

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Owen Wilson as “Nate,” Jacob Tremblay as “Auggie,” Izabela Vidovic as “Via” and Julia Roberts as “Isabel” in WONDER. (Photo by Dale Robinette)

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Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) & Isabel Pullman (Julia Roberts) (Photo by Dale Robinette).

Daveed Diggs as "Mr.Browne" (Photo by Dale Robinette)

Daveed Diggs as “Mr.Browne” (Photo by Dale Robinette)


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Orange Is the New Black: Season 4 Arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD Today

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The Critically Acclaimed Cultural Phenomenon Arrives on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and Digital HD May 9 from Lionsgate

The drama in Litchfield, Orange Is the New Black: Season Four, is arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD, and Digital HD today, May 9, from Lionsgate. Winner of three consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Orange Is the New Black: Season Four features an all-star cast including: Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Michael J. Harney, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Jessica Pimentel, Adrienne C. Moore, Dascha Polanco, Nick Sandow, Yael Stone, Samira Wiley, with Kate Mulgrew and Laura Prepon.

From Jenji Kohan, the creator of Weeds, Orange Is the New Black is a thought-provoking, funny, and evocative show about life in a women’s prison. Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, the newest season of Orange Is the New Black delves into the racial and economic tensions that run rampant in the halls of Litchfield. Overrun with new inmates and overseen by inexperienced guards, the prison undergoes an unprecedented culture war.

Timed to the series’ Season 5 premiere, the Orange is the New Black: Season 4 Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD release includes all 13 episodes, as well as exclusive bonus material that fans can’t find anywhere else, such as a featurette that takes viewers around the set of Litchfield Prison, a gag reel, and selected episode commentary from cast and crew.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Gag Reel
  • “Visitation: Set Tour” Featurette
  • Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew (on Episodes “It Sounded Nicer in My Head,” “The Animals,” and “Toast Can’t Never Be Bread Again”)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Octavia Spencer talks her new role on The Shack

Papa (Octavia Spencer) and Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) in THE SHACK.

Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington (Photo by Lionsgate)

The Academy award winning actress Octavia Spencer is in the new drama The Shack, from Lionsgate, in theaters Friday, March 3rd. Octavia won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for her performance in the film The Help. This year, Octavia was nominated again for her performance on Hidden Figures.

But today, we’re here to tell you about the new character Octavia is playing in The Shack. The film follows the story of a man who lives tormented after the death of his youngest daughter, who disappeared and was never found. But some signs found in the investigation show that she had been raped and murdered in a mountain cabin. Years after the tragedy, he receives a mysterious letter to return to this hut, where he will meet God.

Based on William Paul Young’s best-selling The Shack, it was directed by Stuart Hazeldine and had the adapted screenplay by John Fusco, Andrew Lanham and Destin Daniel Cretton. In addition to Octavia, who plays God in a spectacular way, the film stars Sam Worthington, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell, Avraham Aviv Alush, in the role of Jesus, the Brazilian actress Alice Braga, among others. Alice plays Sophia, the wisdom.

As I mentioned, Octavia plays Papa or God and helps a man who is in mourning because he does not agree with the sudden loss of his daughter. With the exception of Whoopi Goldberg and Alanis Morissette, few actresses in Hollywood played God. Now Octavia joins this small and illustrious group. During the press day for the release of the film, we had the opportunity to talk to the actress alongside with other journalists. Let’s check it out some parts of the interview:

Did you go to Morgan Freeman for advice to play God?

Octavia – No, I didn’t. We played different incarnations of God, I think, mine was more philosophical and his was more fun. For me, it was a huge undertaking and I actually had to try to figure out a way into the character and so what I did was basically boil it down to the relationship between Mack and Papa and it felt very parental for me so I basically did the work as if I were his foster mom who failed him and it was about building those bridges so that he could trust me again.

Did you read the book or the script first?

Octavia – I read the book independently of any movie talk. I read the book a few years ago, so I am one of its legions of fans. When I heard the producers Gil Netter and Lani Netter were making it, I went to them to try and convince them why I needed to be Papa.

What was it about the role that appealed to you?

Octavia – It’s not the role; it’s the material as a whole. I love the message of the book. I love the fact that William Paul wrote this book where a regular man has a conversation with God and he asks him some very hard-hitting questions, and God answered him. I thought it was a very unique way to look at religion and for regular people, to look at their role in how they basically influence their environment.

img_3241Is the movie about trying to do something that nobody can do alone?

Octavia – I hate to tell people what they should think, because I really have an aversion when people tell me what to think. I like to present the material, and let you draw what you need from it. For those people who go to the film and realize perhaps that they can’t do it alone, then perhaps that’s the message that’s meant for them. I just know that the one thing that we all have in common is that we have challenges. No one lives a challenge-free life.

In the story, do you think your appearance to him is as someone he barely remembers from his childhood?

Octavia – It’s funny because I didn’t read the foreword the first time I read the book so I missed all of that information about him being abused and all of that, which is very important. So, reading it again, the second time with the foreword, gave me two different perspectives of things. Not reading the foreword I thought, “Oh this is an interesting way to present man’s struggle with himself and his identity as a Christian.” In the foreword of the book, you realize that the one person to show him kindness was this woman. I feel like it’s definitely a part of the new narrative if a person is betrayed by a parent. Now had it been his mother that had been this abusive to him, I think God would have revealed himself as the conventional father but he had been let down by his own father. Then a man took his daughter from him. God decided that the best way for him to receive the message was to reveal himself as the one person who showed him kindness as a child, because that’s where he had to go back to in order to find that healing. It’s definitely a part of the narrative.

You’ve received a lot of accolades for your performances in The Help and Hidden Figures. How has that affected you?

Octavia – To be recognized by the Golden Globes and SAG and now the Academy for this role is humbling. Again, I’m playing a woman who, in her lifetime, made these contributions to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and NASA, and went unheralded for it. So, for me, it’s coming full circle for her and her family, and I’m appreciative of that. I wanted to be part of that story because I thought it was time that the world knew what these women contributed to NASA. I also wanted to be part of the next generation of young girls in STEM, and changing their dreams and how they dream themselves.

Speaking about Oscars, do you think the Academy has learned their lesson and the nominees are more diverse this year?

Octavia – I am not one of those people that believed in the #OscarsSoWhite in that way because when you say diversity and then people only refer to black people, then you’re only seeing two representations. There are Asians, there are Latinos, there are gender issues, and there are people with disabilities, people with all shapes and sizes. To me that’s what diversity means. So am I excited that there are more black people, yes, I’m happy that there are more films made that warranted the Academy’s attention but to me the problem didn’t begin with the Oscars. That’s the very end of a season. To me it begins with how you green light movies and how diverse those movies are in their casting. So we can have a long conversation about diversity… but there are many more people that want to see themselves represented and that’s the problem. But when I was at the Oscar luncheon, it definitely was a lot more diverse. You see the people who are in different categories. The tech categories, it’s definitely more diverse. But I’d love to see some more females represented in the cinematography, I’d love to see more females represented in directing, I’d love to see more females represented in producing. There’s only one female writer and she happened to be the co-writer of my film. So there’s a lot of under-representation. But what I’m excited about is the Academy has continued to make strides and not as a result of last year or a reaction to last year, they’ve been making these strides the whole time.


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Compadres is out on DVD today

compadres-dvd-box-artOne of the outrageous comedy of the year, Compadres, is already out on DVD and Digital HD today, September 6. A Mexican cop and a teenaged American computer hacker join forces to bring a crime boss to justice in this action-comedy filled with high-octane thrills and laughs out.

After being released from prison, former Mexican cop Garza seeks revenge on Santos. Santos has kidnapped his girlfriend Maria and framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. With the help of his former boss Coronado, Garza manages to escape with a tip about how to find Santos which leads him to San Diego in search of an “accountant.” This said accountant is responsible for stealing $10 million dollars from Santos and may know Santos’ whereabouts. When Garza arrives, he is shocked to find that the infamous accountant is a 17 year old American computer hacker named Vic. Despite an immediate disdain for each other, these two divided by culture, language and age, realize that Garza’s low tech brain and Vic’s high tech hacker skills may be their only chance at finding Santos before he finds them. The movie stars Omar Chaparro, one of Mexico’s and the US Hispanic’s biggest comedians, Aislinn Derbez, Joey Morgan, Kevin Pollak, Eric Roberts, Joaquin Cosio, and others.

Watch again the interview I made with Omar & Joey

 

 

You can read more about Compadres @

https://janaoncamera.com/2016/04/22/omar-chaparro-joey-morgan-teamed-up-for-compadres/

https://janaoncamera.com/2016/04/21/mexican-actress-aislinn-derbez-and-camila-sodi-chat-about-compadres/