GRUDGE MATCH Blu-ray Review

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If you’ve ever watched the multiple Oscar-winning films Raging Bull and Rocky, and then thought to yourself, “Hey, what if Jake LaMotta took on the Italian Stallion in the ring? Who would win?” then Peter Segal’s Grudge Match is for you.  Strike that.  It’s for you if you want a light sports comedy that pokes fun at the aging fighters (and actors) rather than staying true to the dramatic roots of Martin Scorsese and John G. Avildsen’s iconic pictures.  That’s not a knock on the movie, just an attempt to properly align your expectations.  It’s an entertaining few rounds, even if it’s not a knockout.  Hit the jump for my Grudge Match Blu-ray review.

New to Blu-ray: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the second installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, a French New Wave classic, a very darkly comedic ensemble drama, the latest from filmmaker Ben Wheatley, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: RIDE ALONG Sets New MLK Record with $41.2 Million Debut

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Ride Along has established a new record for the three-day MLK Day weekend.  Estimates put the comedy at $41.2 million after three days.  That tops the former record of $40 million, established by Cloverfield back in 2008.  Surpassing even its most optimistic early projections, Ride Along has also secured the best January debut of all time while effectively eclipsing the frame’s other debuts, including Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $41,200,000 $41.2
2.  Lone Survivor $23,200,000 $74
3.  The Nut Job $20,550,000 $20.5
4.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $17,200,000 $17.2
5.  Frozen $11,971,000 $332.6
6.  American Hustle $10,600,000 $116.4
7.  Devil’s Due $8,500,000 $8.5
8.  August: Osage County $7,592,000 $18.1
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $7,500,000 $90.2
10.  Saving Mr. Banks $4,147,000 $75.3

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT 2 Back on Top on 2013′s Final Weekend

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug pulled off a narrow victory over Disney’s Frozen on 2013’s final frame, making it just the second title of the year to spend three weeks on top of the domestic box office.  Smaug now equals the Christmas run (by ranking at least) of An Unexpected Journey, the first installment in The Hobbit trilogy.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit 2 $29,850,000 $190.3
2.  Frozen $28,845,000 $248.3
3.  Anchorman 2 $20,150,000 $83.6
4.  American Hustle $19,550,000 $60
5.  The Wolf of Wall Street $18,510,000 $34.3
6.  Saving Mr. Banks $14,020,000 $37.8
7.  Secret Life of Walter Mitty $13,000,000 $25.5
8.  Catching Fire $10,200,000 $391.1
9.  47 Ronin $9,870,000 $20.5
10.  A Madea Christmas $7,400,000 $43.7

Friday Box Office: FROZEN Takes First From THE HOBBIT 2; New Releases Struggling

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We’ve seen five new releases in three last three days, but not one of them are playing for first place this weekend.  In fact, only one of them made it into Friday’s top five (The Wolf of Wall Street), and two of them missed the top ten altogether.  The real action this weekend is between blockbuster holdovers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Frozen.  Estimates put Disney in front on Friday, though it looks like Bilbo may still be able to pull off a third weekend on top of the domestic box office.  Here’s a look at the top ten, as of Friday’s estimates.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Frozen $10,254,000 $229.8
2.  The Hobbit 2 $10,110,000 $170.5
3.  Anchorman 2 $7,143,000 $71.1
4.  American Hustle $6,400,000 $46.8
5.  The Wolf of Wall Street $6,257,000 $22
6.  Saving Mr. Banks $4,721,000 $28.5
7.  Secret Life of Walter Mitty $4,540,000 $17.1
8.  Catching Fire $3,400,000 $384.3
9.  47 Ronin $3,400,000 $14.1
10.  Walking With Dinosaurs $2,500,000 $16.1

Details after the jump.

Director Peter Segal Talks GRUDGE MATCH, Casting De Niro and Stallone, and More; Reveals What Happened With SHAZAM and GET SMART 2

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Opening Christmas Day is director Peter Segal’s (Get Smart) boxing comedy Grudge MatchRobert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone play two Pittsburgh fighters whose rivalry ended abruptly in 1983.  Thirty years later, a boxing promoter (Kevin Hart) convinces them to get back in the ring for one last fight that turns into a “must-see HBO event.” Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal also star.  Watch the trailer here.

A few days ago, I landed an extended video interview with Segal here in Los Angeles.  He talked about why it’s taken him so long to direct another movie, how Grudge Match came together, the process of casting Stallone and De Niro, what it was like to direct them, how the test screenings affected characters and storylines, deleted scenes, what will be on the Blu-ray, and more.  In addition, Segal also talked about what happened with the Get Smart sequel, Shazam, Vin Diesel’s The Machine, Bleach, Harvey, and how he almost directed a different version of Neighborhood Watch with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds.  Hit the jump to watch.

GRUDGE MATCH Giveaway

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Hollywood will be unveiling a number of moviegoing options for the upcoming holiday season, and one of Warner Bros.’ offerings is the boxing comedy Grudge Match.  Directed by Peter Seagal (Get Smart), the film stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as two retired professional boxers who used to be bitter rivals.  When they end up getting into a fight while filming mo-cap for a boxing video game, an official rematch is planned and the older gentlemen now have to get into shape.  In anticipation of the film’s release, we’ve been provided with some Grudge Match-related materials to give away to a few lucky readers, including vintage track jackets, a deluxe bag, a boxing glove ornament, an old school gym kit, and more.

Hit the jump to see a full list of prizes and to find out how you can win.  Also starring Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, and Kim Basinger, Grudge Match opens in theaters everywhere on Christmas Day.

29 Images from GRUDGE MATCH Featuring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Hart

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Warner Bros. has released a gallery of 29 images from the boxing comedy Grudge MatchRobert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone play two Pittsburgh fighters whose rivalry ended abruptly in 1983.  Thirty years later, a boxing promoter (Kevin Hart) convinces them to get back in the ring for one last fight that turns into a “must-see HBO event.”  Watch the trailer here.

Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal also star in Grudge MatchPeter Seagal (Get Smart) directed the December 25 release.  Check out the image gallery after the jump.

New High-Resolution Images from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, OUT OF THE FURNACE, and GRUDGE MATCH

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New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos.  The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
  • Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck).  The film opens on December 6th.
  • Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals.  The film opens on Christmas Day.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.

New Posters for GRUDGE MATCH, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES

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A few new posters have debuted online.  Briefly:

  • Grudge Match – The poster for the boxing comedy showcases the horribly photshopped faces of stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, who play two bitter rivals that agree to a rematch in their old age.  Also starring Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart, and Kim Basinger, the film opens on Christmas Day.
  • That Awkward Moment – Fresh off the debut of the R-rated comedy’s humorous red-band trailer, the film’s poster features the film’s three stars (Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan) in post-breakup depression.  The film opens on January 31, 2014.
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – The first poster for the Latino-centric spinoff of the successful found footage franchise plays up the film’s religious themes.  The film opens on January 3, 2014.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

First Trailer for GRUDGE MATCH Starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Peter Segal’s (The Longest Yard) upcoming comedy Grudge Match. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as two retired professional boxers who used to be boxers.  When they end up getting into a fight while filming mo-cap for a boxing video game, an official rematch is planned and the older gentlemen now have to get into shape.  While a boxing movie starring Stallone and De Niro could have easily been a straight drama, this trailer shows that Grudge Match is very much a comedy—complete with a Rocky gag and plenty of “you’re so old that ___” jokes.  There’s also a bit with a creepy CGI’d version of Stallone’s younger self retiring from acting, but overall the chemistry between the two and their trainers (played by Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin) looks fairly promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Kim Basinger, and Camden GreyGrudge Match opens on Christmas Day.

New Images from GRUDGE MATCH with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, and KILL YOUR DARLINGS with Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan

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We’ve got a few new looks at the following films today:

  • Grudge MatchPeter Segal’s sports comedy about aging boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) coming out of retirement for one last match.  Also starring Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart, Jon Bertnthal and Kim Basinger, Grudge Match opens Christmas Day.
  • Kill Your Darlings – New images from John Krokidas’ beat poet biographical drama features stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall and David Cross.  Kill Your Darlings opens October 16th.

Hit the jump to see the images.

New Images from ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, PRISONERS, and GRUDGE MATCH

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New images have been released from the upcoming films:

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, and the Channel 4 News Team stay classy in two new images.  The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell.  The sequel opens December 20th.
  • Prisoners – Three new images from the crime-thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.  The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.
  • Grudge Match – The first official image from the film starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray, and Kim Basinger.  The comedy gets into a crowded box office ring on December 25th.

Hit the jump to check out the images.

THE SEVENTH SON Delayed Until 2014, GRUDGE MATCH Moves up to This Christmas, ROMEO AND JULIET Pushed Back to October

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Here are the latest release date shifts for the following pictures:

  • The Seventh Son – This Warner Bros. fantasy-adventure follows mystical knight Father Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) on their quest to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers.   The movie is now expected to open January 17, 2014.
  • Grudge Match – Peter Segal’s fight flick between aging boxers played by Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone will now open on December 25th.
  • Romeo and Juliet – Relativity Media has pushed director Carlo Carlei’s Shakespeare adaptation back to an October 11th release date.  Hailee SteinfeldDouglas Booth and Paul Giamatti star.

All release date info courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Warner Bros.’ JUPITER ASCENDING to Open July 25, 2014; GRUDGE MATCH Pushed Back to 2014

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Check out the latest release dates for the following Warner Bros. movies:

  • Jupiter Ascending – The new film from the Wachowski siblings, starring Mila KunisChanning TatumEddie Redmayne and Sean Bean, will open on July 25, 2014.
  • Grudge MatchPeter Segal’s fight flick between aging boxers played by Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone will now open on January 10, 2014.

Hit the jump for more on both pictures. 

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