New to Blu-ray: DIVERGENT, OCULUS, NEED FOR SPEED, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a trio of films that opened earlier in the year, an 80s-set indie, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Fends Off RIO 2 for Second Frame on Top

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After setting a new April record with its $95 million debut last weekend, Captain America: The Winter Soldier scored a second week on top by flying ahead of Rio 2.  After coming in second on Friday, the superhero was not expected to top the debut of Fox’s animated sequel.  But with a better than expected Saturday hold, The Winter Soldier pulled out a win with an estimated $41.4 million.  In the end, Rio 2 took in a reported $39 million, while fellow new releases Oculus and Draft Day settled for more terrestrial launches.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America 2 $41,398,000 $159
2.  Rio 2 $39,000,000 $39
3.  Oculus $12,000,000 $12
4.  Draft Day $9,750,000 $9.75
5.  Divergent $7,500,000 $124.8
6.  Noah $7,450,000 $84.8
7.  God’s Not Dead $4,485,000 $40.7
8.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $4,050,000 $39.4
9.  Muppets Most Wanted $2,193,000 $45.6
10.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1,825,000 $105.2

Katee Sackhoff Talks OCULUS, Being a Fan of Mike Flanagan’s Work, Concerns about Physical Intensity with Younger Actors, RIDDICK, and LONGMIRE

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The horror flick Oculus tells the story of a beautiful antique mirror whose most recent owners, siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites), are struggling to rebuild their relationship after the gruesome demise of their parents, 10 years earlier.  While the two attempt to uncover the truth, they also begin to turn on each other, as the malevolent supernatural force of the mirror infects their minds and reflects their own insecurities.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actress Katee Sackhoff (who plays the mother of the siblings in flashbacks) for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to Oculus, being a fan of director Mike Flanagan’s work, how she approached this character, her concerns about having to be intensely physical with the younger actors, and the technical challenges of the show.  She also talked about how Season 3 of her A&E drama series Longmire is going, and how fun it would be to get to further explore her Riddick character, if they make another movie.  Check out our Katee Sackhoff after the jump. 

Friday Box Office: RIO 2 Edges Out CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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What looked like a close race for first this weekend between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, has slanted in favor of the animated sequel.  Both films were expected to come in around $40 million for the three day frame but, after Rio 2 took in an estimated $12 million yesterday, it looks like the Fox feature will wind up closer to $45 million through Sunday.  That’s better than the $39.2 million the original Rio earned on its opening weekend in 2011.  As for the First Avenger, Captain America 2 appears to be headed for about $42 million in its sophomore frame, or a drop of 58%.  Captain America was down 61% on its second frame in 2011, with Iron Man 3 declining 58% last summer.

As expected, this weekend’s two additional new releases were playing for smaller stakes.  Oculus, the latest supernatural horror pic from producer Jason Blum, earned an estimated $4.9 million from 2,648 locations on Friday and should hit $13 million this weekend – equal to the launch of Blum’s Insidious in April 2011.  Draft Day took in a reported $3.5 million from 2,781 venues yesterday.  The sports drama starring Kevin Costner is now expecting $11 million for its first weekend, or the lower end of the range that Lionsgate/Summit execs were hoping for.  We’ll have complete box office details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Rio 2 $12,000,000 $12
2.   Captain America 2 $11,900,000 $129.5
3.   Oculus $4,940,000 $4.94
4.   Draft Day $3,580,000 $3.58
5.   Divergent $2,300,000 $119.6

Karen Gillan Talks OCULUS, Filming a 13-Minute Monologue, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Donating Her Hair to STAR WARS, ABC’s SELFIE, and More

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The horror flick Oculus tells the story of a beautiful antique mirror whose most recent owners, siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites), are struggling to rebuild their relationship after the gruesome demise of their parents, 10 years earlier,  While the two attempt to uncover the truth, they also begin to turn on each other, as the malevolent supernatural force of the mirror infects their minds and reflects their own insecurities.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actress Karen Gillan for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to Oculus, being impressed with the short film version, why this character was a stretch for her, shooting a 13-minute monologue, and how much fun she had doing one of the film’s classic horror moments.  She also talked about what made her want to sign on to play the female villain, Nebula, in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, that she’s only gotten to see the trailer so far, and how she won’t have to shave her head again, if they do any reshoots, as well as her decision to sign on for the ABC comedy series Selfie.  Check out our Karen Gillan interview after the jump.

Executive Producer Jason Blum Talks OCULUS, Found Footage Fatigue, AMITYVILLE, AREA 51, SINISTER 2, and More

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The horror flick Oculus tells the story of a beautiful antique mirror whose most recent owners, siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites), are struggling to rebuild their relationship after the gruesome demise of their parents, 10 years earlier.  While the two attempt to uncover the truth, they also begin to turn on each other, as the malevolent supernatural force of the mirror infects their minds and reflects their own insecurities.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to executive producer Jason Blum, of Blumhouse Productions, for this exclusive interview about how much of a luxury it was to get to watch a completed film before signing on as a producer, why he would have passed on this project, if he’d only had the script to go on, what most struck him about the story, his favorite stand-out moments, the next possible step in found footage movies, and more.  He also provided updates and details on Amityville, Area 51, and Sinister 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See OCULUS

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It’s time for another horror movie, isn’t it?  You have to go all the way back to January for some horror flicks, and so it’s about time we get a new one in 2014.  Thankfully for horror fans, they’re about get a fresh horror flick with Oculus.  It’s an indie feature, so for those who aren’t aware of the plot, it stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and Brenton Thwaites as siblings who set out to prove that an ominous mirror is responsible for the death of their parents 10 years prior, as well as the deaths of countless others over the centuries.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of Oculus.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Katee Sackhoff and Rory CochraneOculus opens on April 11th.

Karen Gillan Talks OCULUS, Lengthy Monologues, Munching on Light Bulbs, Favorite Lasser Glass Kills, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More

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If you missed out on Doctor Who and are eagerly anticipating Guardians of the Galaxy, get ready because you’re about to get a sense of what Karen Gillan is capable of in her upcoming release, Oculus.  She leads the film as Kaylie, but Kaylie isn’t your ordinary horror movie heroine.  As a child, Kaylie witnessed her parents’ murder and then saw her little brother get pegged for the crime.  Years later, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is released, but Kaylie refuses to let him readjust and finally live a normal life again because she’s still determined to prove that it wasn’t her brother, but rather, the supernatural force residing in the Lasser Glass that’s responsible for her parents’ death and many, many others.

Kaylie doesn’t just vow to avenge her family, throw herself into a dangerous situation and spend the rest of the film running for her life. She’s determined, passionate and prepared, and even manages to convince you she’s got a fighting chance.  You’ll get the opportunity to see how she fairs when Oculus arrives in theaters on April 11th, but for now, check out what Gillan told us about developing the character with her young counterpart, Annalise Basso, how she met the challenge of turning an enormous amount of expository dialogue into compelling material, what she’d do if Marvel came calling and needed her to shave her head again to film addition Guardians of the Galaxy scenes, and so much more in the interview after the jump.

New Trailer, Poster, and Images for Horror Thriller OCULUS Starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, and Katee Sackhoff [Updated]

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Relativity Media has released a new trailer for director Mike Flanagan’s (Absentia) new horror film Oculus.  The pic stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and Brenton Thwaites as siblings who set out to prove that an ominous mirror is responsible for the death of their parents 10 years prior, as well as the deaths of countless others over the centuries.  The film looks to have a fascinating structure, as the lines between the past and the present are blurred and twisted until they become a part of the overall horror conceit.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Katee Sackhoff and Rory CochraneOculus opens in theaters on April 11th. [Update: We've also added a new poster and images to the article.]

First Trailer and Poster for OCULUS Starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff

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Relativity has released the first trailer for the horror film, Oculus.  The film premiered as part of the Midnight Madness lineup at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and per the festival’s synopsis, the story is about “two damaged siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who, as children, witnessed their parents’ harrowing descent into madness and murder. At long last, brother and sister reunite as adults to expose and destroy the paranormal entity they believe is responsible: the Lasser Glass — a legendary mirror their family once owned.”  This trailer doesn’t touch the plot at all, and instead opts to showcase the spooky tone and imagery.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and creepy poster.  The film also stars Rory Cochrane and Katee SackhoffOculus opens April 11th.

New Release Dates for JUPITER ASCENDING, OCULUS, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, BLACKBIRD, and SELFLESS

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Various studios have been playing with their release schedules.  Briefly:

  • Jupiter AscendingThe Wachowski Siblings‘ sci-fi action film starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis has moved from July 25, 2014 to July 18, 2014.
  • Oculus – Relativity Media has set Mike Flanagan‘s horror film for April 18, 2014.
  • When the Game Stands Tall – Director Thomas Carter’s (Coach Carter) upcoming high school football drama starring Jim Caviezel and Michael Chiklis has moved from September 9, 2014 to August 22, 2014.
  • Blackbird (tentative title) – David Mamet‘s new thriller starring Cate Blanchett, Catherine Keener, and Elizabeth Peña will open on November 14, 2014.
  • Selfless – Director Tarsem’s film, which is about a dying man whose consciousness is transferred into a younger body, has moved from September 26, 2014 back to February 27, 2015. Ryan Reynolds stars.

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Katee Sackhoff Talks RIDDICK, Shooting in Montreal, Her Record Collection, Getting Cut from PITCH PERFECT, OCULUS, Conventions, Twitter, and More

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Opening this weekend is writer-director David Twohy’s Riddick.  The R-rated film finds Vin Diesel’s character being hunted by mercenaries, and once again, they’re hopelessly outmatched by the anti-hero who can see in the dark.  But the mercs and their bounty are forced to team up when lethal alien monsters attack.  If you’re a fan of Pitch Black, you’re going to be very happy watching Riddick.  The film also stars Matt NableKatee SackhoffJordi MollaDave BautistaRaoul TrujilloBokeem Woodbine and Nolan Gerard Funk.

At the recent press day in Los Angeles I landed an exclusive interview with Katee Sackhoff.  She talked about making the film, what surprised her about the filming process,  how she was cut out of Pitch Perfect (but still gets residuals), the best part of attending conventions, Twitter, what she collects, Oculus, and much more.

TIFF 2013 Midnight Madness Line-Up Announced; Includes Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO and Lucky McKee’s ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE

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Last week, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its line-up for the Galas and Special Presentations categories.  Today, they have revealed the nine movies in their Midnight Madness line-up.  While I was hoping that Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer might make a showing here, there’s no such luck.  Instead, genre fans will try to content themselves on other films.  Midnight Madness will kick-off with All Cheerleaders Die, then new film from Lucky McKee (The Woman).  The other notable inclusion is The Green Inferno, Eli Roth‘s first directorial feature since 2007′s Hostel: Part II.  While these may be the genre movies with recognizable names, keep in mind that Midnight Madness can play host to great surprises.  For example, two years ago, a little film called The Raid absolutely brought down the house.

Hit the jump to check out the line-up.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

Katee Sackhoff Talks ACTING OUTLAWS with Tricia Helfer, RIDDICK and Why It’s Rated R, the All-Female EXPENDABLES Movie, and More

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Known as the Acting Outlaws, actresses Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer (who both worked on Battlestar Galactica together) participate in a variety of charity events, in an effort to raise money and awareness for causes they feel strongly about.  With a merchandise store (at www.ActingOutlaws.org) that includes various t-shirts and a documentary of the motorcycle ride they took from Los Angeles to Louisiana, they now have a 2013 calendar that features 12 months of exclusive photos of the women in classy and provocative poses.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Katee Sackhoff talked about how the Acting Outlaws came about, what made them decide to do their first-ever calendar, where her interest in and love for motorcycles started, and more.  She also talked about returning to her A&E drama series Longmire for Season 2, which starts shooting again in the middle of March, her experience making the next Riddick film with Vin Diesel, for which she had a nude scene that she needed to get her father’s permission for first, that she’s seen bits and pieces of the film while recording ADR and said that it’s bloody but that the R rating is definitely more for the language, how she’s attached to do the all-female Expendables movie with Gina Carano and that she’s excited about all of the women that they’re talking to for roles in it, and what it was like to work with Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) on the horror film Oculus.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

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