New to Blu-ray: SHORT TERM 12, YOU’RE NEXT, RIDDICK, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s promising new Blu-ray releases:

Year in Review: 15 Great Films You May Have Missed in 2013

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Every year, there are plenty of great films, but some fall through the cracks and others are overshadowed.   While we’ll have our Top 10 of the year lists near the end of 2013, we wanted to share with you some movies that may have slipped past your attention.  There are films like these on our Top 10 lists as well, but we didn’t want to be redundant, and we wanted to bring attention to more films.  These movies either had too limited of a release or they were dismissed because they looked bad or the premise was deemed too cheesy.  Whatever the reason, they have the potential to be a cult classic in the making or at least a movie you’ll probably be sharing with your friends.

Hit the jump for Matt, Dave, Adam, and Brendan’s choices for great movies you may have missed this year.

A.C.O.D. Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  A.C.O.D. opens today in limited release.]

In his feature directorial debut, A.C.O.D., Stu Zicherman has taken the premise for the episode of a sitcom, and turned it into a film that’s not only funny, but also surprisingly relatable for audience members represented by the title’s acronym, “Adult Children of Divorce”. Speaking as an A.C.O.D., my parents never had the comical, over-the top fights featured in the movie, but Zicherman and co-writer Ben Karlin manage to work in a strong, emotional center to a comedy that works in broad strokes. The movie may share the same plotline as sitcom episode, but thanks to its excellent cast and willingness to push its protagonist to emotionally unpleasant places, A.C.O.D. works for kids from broken and unbroken homes alike.

Director Stu Zicherman and Co-Writer Ben Karlin Talk A.C.O.D., Drawing from Personal Experiences, the Lengthy Road to Production, and More

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In his feature directorial debut, Stu Zicherman’s hilarious new comedy A.C.O.D. captures in broad strokes the experiences of a generation that grew up with divorce being the norm, not the exception.  Based on a script Zicherman co-wrote with Ben Karlin, the film focuses on a successful Adult Child of Divorce (Adam Scott) who survived his chaotic childhood but is now forced to get his bitterly divorced parents (Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara) and their new spouses (Amy Poehler, Ken Howard) in the same room for his younger brother’s wedding.  Opening October 4th, A.C.O.D. features a terrific cast that also includes Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, Jane Lynch, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

At the film’s recent press day, Zicherman and Karlin talked about how the story was inspired by their childhood friendship and their parents’ divorces, how audiences will find it relatable, why the movie took so long to get made, how they view it as an anti-romantic comedy, the advantages of making it independently, how they avoided the obvious comedic tropes to make a film that’s funny but also has some gravity, why they left the ending deliberately open-ended, their excitement at seeing it finally reach the screen, their work on Modern Family and The Americans, and why movies are trickier than writing for television.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

Adam Scott and Clark Duke Talk A.C.O.D., Their Real-Life Friendship, Being Deputized by Ken Howard, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2, WALTER MITTY, and More

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Opening October 4th, Stuart Zicherman’s hilarious comedy A.C.O.D. centers on Carter (Adam Scott), a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce with a successful career.  When his younger brother (Clark Duke) announces he’s getting married, Carter suddenly finds himself revisiting the chaos of his parents’ ugly divorce.  Trying to reunite his bitterly divorced parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) and their new spouses (Amy Poehler and Ken Howard) for the wedding proves more than he bargained for, so he turns to his wacky therapist (Jane Lynch) for advice.

At a wildly irreverent roundtable interview, Scott and Duke talked about what drew them to the roles, their reaction when they first read the script, why having a well written script made their jobs easier, how their real-life friendship helped them develop a genuine brotherly rapport on screen, what it was like having Poehler play their bitchy stepmother, being deputized on set by SAG President Ken Howard, and brandishing a sidearm and SAG card to get into strip clubs while shooting in Atlanta.  They also discussed what they’re working on next including Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (which they revealed will hit theaters March 2014), a new season of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

Catherine O’Hara and Jane Lynch Talk A.C.O.D., Their Favorite and Least Favorite Qualities in a Director, Changes to the Film after Sundance, and More

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Award-winning actresses Jane Lynch and Catherine O’Hara light up the screen in Stu Zicherman’s entertaining comedy A.C.O.D. directed from a screenplay co-written with Ben Karlin.  Carter (Adam Scott), a successful, happily-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce, suddenly finds himself in crisis mode reliving his dysfunctional childhood all over again when his younger brother Trey (Clark Duke) announces he’s getting married.  Carter’s attempts to reunite his bitterly divorced parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) and their new spouses (Amy Poehler and Ken Howard) for the wedding and his ill-conceived visit to his kooky former therapist (Jane Lynch) have unintended consequences.

At the film’s recent press day, Lynch revealed the fun she had upstaging Neil Patrick Harris at the Emmy Awards, her fascination with therapy, and why it’s always run parallel to the characters she plays.  O’Hara talked about working with first-time director Zicherman, the collaborative atmosphere on set, and her funny scenes opposite Jenkins including wild sex on the kitchen counter.  They also discussed why there are better roles now for older actresses, their thoughts on directing, and what’s next, including Lynch’s 5th season of Glee and hosting more episodes of Hollywood Game Night, and O’Hara’s new rom com, The Right Kind of Wrong, that just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Hit the jump to read the full interview.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to see A.C.O.D. Starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, and Jane Lynch

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One of the funnier films I’ve seen this year is A.C.O.D.  The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and stars Adam Scott as a guy who thinks he’s moved passed his parents cataclysmic divorce only to discover he’s created a fresh new hell by trying to get them to attend his brother’s wedding.  Scott carries the flick wonderfully, and he’s got a tremendous supporting cast featuring Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, Ken Howard, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Amy Poehler.  This is a good comedy, and it shouldn’t get lost in the fall shuffle.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 40 admit-two passes to A.C.O.D.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  A.C.O.D. opens in Atlanta on October 18th.

Exclusive Clip from A.C.O.D. Starring Adam Scott and Richard Jenkins

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Today we’re happy to bring you an exclusive clip from the upcoming comedy, A.C.O.D.  The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and the film centers on Carter (Adam Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) ugly divorce for the past twenty years.  Matters become even worse when he tries to get them in the same room so they can attend his brother’s wedding.  I really enjoyed the movie when I saw it at Sundance, and this clip is a good representation of the humor and shows off Scott and Jenkins’ great performances.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Amy PoehlerA.C.O.D. opens October 4th.

First Trailer for A.C.O.D. Starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, and Amy Poehler

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The first trailer for director Stuart Zicherman’s comedy A.C.O.D. has been released online.  The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and the film centers on a guy (Adam Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) ugly divorce for the past twenty years, and matters become even worse when his brother gets engaged.  I caught the film at Sundance and it’s a really nice showcase for Adam Scott as a leading man, with a couple of scene-stealing performances by Jenkins and O’Hara to boot.  In addition to being really funny, the pic also touches on some issues that should hit close to home for fellow A.C.O.D.’s.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Amy PoehlerA.C.O.D. opens in theaters on October 4th.

The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media to Distribute Comedy A.C.O.D. Starring Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, and Richard Jenkins

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The comedy A.C.O.D., which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to positive reviews, has been picked up for distribution by The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media.  The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce” and the Stuart Zicherman-directed film centers on a guy (Adam Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) ugly divorce for the past twenty years, and matters become even worse when his brother gets engaged.  Then the details of the feud are revealed in a definitive new book on children of divorce.

I caught the film at Sundance (read Matt’s review here) and it’s a solid comedy with a big heart, and as a fellow A.C.O.D. it hit really close to home for me in quite a few parts.  It also features scene-stealing performances by Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins, with other nice turns from Clark Duke, Amy Poehler, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  The Film Arcade will be handling theatrical distribution in North America, while Paramount Home Media will manage domestic home entertainment, television licensing and digital distribution, as well as international distribution.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Jessica Alba Talks ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, the Voice Recording Process, Finally Making SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, and More

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Now playing in theaters is the 3D animated feature, Escape from Planet Earth.  The story centers on some aliens who get captured during a mission to Earth and are tossed into the secure holding site of Area 51, but they quickly find that they are not alone.  Escape From Planet Earth features the voices of Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Steve Zahn, Chris Parnell, Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Morgan Heit.

During the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Jessica Alba.  We talked about making Escape From Planet Earth, the recording process, her experiences at this year’s Sundance (where she co-starred in the indie comedy, A.C.O.D.), Sin City 2 and how it compares to the first film, what else is coming up in 2013, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Sundance 2013: A.C.O.D. Review

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In his feature directorial debut, A.C.O.D., Stu Zicherman has taken the premise for the episode of a sitcom, and turned it into a film that’s not only funny, but also surprisingly relatable for audience members represented by the title’s acronym, “Adult Children of Divorce”.  Speaking as an A.C.O.D., my parents never had the comical, over-the top fights featured in the movie, but Zicherman and co-writer Ben Karlin manage to work in a strong, emotional center to a comedy that works in broad strokes.  The movie may share the same plotline as sitcom episode, but thanks to its excellent cast and willingness to push its protagonist to emotionally unpleasant places, A.C.O.D. works for kids from broken and unbroken homes alike.

Sundance 2013: First Images from A.C.O.D., DON JON’S ADDICTION, THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE, and THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

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Yesterday, Sundance announced their stellar Premieres line-up and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the category:

  • A.C.O.D. Directed and co-written by Stuart Zicherman, co-written by Ben Karlin, starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
  • Don Jon’s Addiction – Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moore.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Premieres Lineup Including DON JON’S ADDICTION, STOKER, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, JOBS, and More

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Last week we saw the 2013 Sundance Film Festival announce lineups for its competition and Spotlight/Park City at Midnight programming, and today they have unveiled the list of films that will screen as part of the Premieres lineup.  It’s one hell of a program, as films that will screen include the Ashton Kutcher-fronted Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction, director Richard Linklater’s trilogy-completing Before Midnight with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the ensemble comedy A.C.O.D., director Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut Stoker, and much, much more.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for the narrative and documentary premieres.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27th.

Jane Lynch Talks THE THREE STOOGES, WRECK-IT RALPH, A.C.O.D., the PARTY DOWN Movie, and GLEE

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In the all-new contemporary take on The Three Stooges, from Peter and Bobby Farrelly, actress Jane Lynch plays Mother Superior, the head nun at the orphanage where newborns Moe, Larry and Curly were left on the doorstep.  Now adults (and played by Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso), they set out to help out the nuns, which also include Sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David) and Sister Rosemary (Jennifer Hudson), and raise enough money to save their childhood home, with all of the pratfalls and slapstick comedy that they’re famous for.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the always funny and charming Jane Lynch talked about talked about her first exposure to The Three Stooges, how blown away she was to see them brought back to life so meticulously, how she got involved with the film, her most memorable moment with Larry David, working with Jennifer Hudson as a singing nun, wearing a nun’s habit in Atlanta in the summer, and what made Peter and Bobby Farrelly the right filmmakers to bring The Three Stooges back to life.  She also talked about voicing a character for the Disney animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, about a character from a 1980s video game who wants to get out of his game and into a more high-tech one, her role in A.C.O.D. (which stands for Adult Children of Divorce), the status of the Party Down movie, and what she’s looking forward to on her Fox TV series Glee.  Check out what she had to say after the jump:

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