New to Blu-ray: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, NO, THE CALL, and More

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

THE CALL Blu-ray Review

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Director Brad Anderson has a dynamic resume filled with several assured genre films. Usually his work doesn’t make a huge wave upon release, but later acquires a cult following on home video.  Movies like Session 9 and The Machinist, for example.  He’s received his share of accolades and always seems like he’s on the cusp of a major Hollywood breakthrough.  His latest, The Call, is not that gateway film.  Although it’s his highest grossing work, it feels like a step back for him.  At least Sony has given the film a terrific Blu-ray package that contains one of the GREATEST special features in recent memory.  Get the dish on The Call Blu-ray after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: OZ Stays on top; THE CALL Connects, BURT WONDERSTONE Bombs

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For a second week in a row, Oz the Great and Powerful reigned at the domestic box office. The Disney hit earned an estimated $42.2 million, down 47% off from last weekend’s debut. But the big news this week is the film that took second place. With an estimated $17.1 million from 2,507 locations, The Call wound up stealing the spotlight from the comedy debut of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

 Title  Weekend Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful  $42,222,000 $145
2.  The Call  $17,100,000 $17.1
3.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone    $10,305,000 $10.3
4.  Jack the Giant Slayer  $6,220,000 $53.9
5.  Identity Thief  $4,500,000 $123.6
6.  Snitch  $3,500,000 $37.2
7.  21 and Over  $2,619,000 $21.8
8.  Silver Linings Playbook  $2,587,000 $124.6
9.  Safe Haven  $2,495,000 $66.9
10.  Escape from Planet Earth  $2,327,000 $53.1

Abigail Breslin Talks THE CALL, ENDER’S GAME, Vincenzo Natali’s HAUNTER, and More

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The Call marks a serious turning point for child-star Abigail Breslin (that cute girl from Little Miss Sunshine and Signs). Breslin stars as Casey Wilson, a naive teenager, who after taken hostage by a madman, slowly comes into her own as a woman. Much like Casey’s arc in the film, Breslin herself seems poised to transition from the cherub-cheeked roles of yesteryear to more serious adult fare. Just one look at her upcoming slate of films is ample evidence: Ender’s Game, Final Girl, Haunter, August: Osage County… With such an eclectic mixture of big budget, Oscar-bait, indie and genre horror films on the horizon, Breslin seems more than up for such a challenging transition.

In the following interview with Abigail Breslin, she discusses transitioning to more adult roles, the difficulties of acting in a trunk and her upcoming parts in both the big budget Ender’s Game & the indie horror Haunter. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Friday Box Office: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Reigns; THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Shamed by Surpise Strength of THE CALL

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It looks like another decent weekend at the box office, thanks to Oz the Great and Powerful. The Disney hit earned an estimated $11.4 million on its second Friday, and brought its domestic total up to an impressive $114.2 million. That Oz remained in first place was entirely expected; what was not so expected was the film that followed it. The Call, the thriller starring Halle Berry, opened with a modest weekend projection of around $10 million. Instead, the Sony/Tristar release earned an estimated $6.2 million from 2,507 locations on its first day alone – putting it on track for over $17 million and a second-place finish through Sunday. The relative success of The Call drew attention to the relative failure of Friday’s higher-profile debut: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. From 3,160 locations, the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy earned just $3.72 million: a total that included Thursday pm previews. The Warner Brothers release was expected to earn $18 million this weekend; but after its disappointing start, $11 million may be the limit of Wonderstone’s box office magic.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful $11,410,000 $114.2
2.  The Call $6,200,000 $6.2
3.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $3,720,000 $3.7
4.  Jack the Giant Slayer $1,750,000 $49.4
5.  Identity Thief $1,400,000 $120.5

Morris Chestnut Talks THE CALL and KICK-ASS 2

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Morris Chestnut has become a de-facto supporting player for mid-budget Hollywood fare. The talented actor still hasn’t quite found a role fitting of the talent he displayed as Ricky in his debut Boyz N The Hood; but he makes the most of whatever limited screen-time/thin material he’s given. He’s easily the best thing in best-forgotten junk like The Cave or Half Past Dead. In this Friday’s The Call, Chestnut still doesn’t have nearly enough to do. As Officer Paul Phillips, most of Chestnut’s screen time is relegated to pensively reacting to Halle Berry over a walkie-talkie; but yet again Chestnut ably coveys complexities to a relationship not given nearly enough lip service. It’s a testament to the actor that the role is more than just the ‘inefficient cop’/’potential love interest’.

In the following candid interview with Morris Chestnut, he discusses the genre work he’s done in the past and why The Call is so much better, his preparation process for playing an officer and his upcoming role in Kick Ass 2. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Halle Berry Talks THE CALL, Her Favorite Thrillers, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, and More

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Brad Anderson’s The Call, a particularly fine little thriller in the doldrums of March, sports a welcome return for thriller-maven Halle Berry. Sure Berry is a so-called ‘serious actor’; but in between her “Things We Lost In The Fire” and “Monster’s Ball”, she has a penchant for mixing it up with decidedly and proudly ‘B’ pictures. The Rich Man’s Wife, Gothika, Swordfish, Perfect Stranger, Dark Tide… In The Call, the newest and best of this bunch, Berry stars as Jordan Turner – a 911 operator, whose mishandling of a call leaves a young girl dead and Berry/Jordan beyond shaken. Cut to six-months later and Jordan finds herself once again on the other line attempting to help a young girl (Abigail Breslin) out of the clutches of a madman. It’s a difficult role – in that for a majority of the film, Berry is seated behind a computer, on the phone while all the action occurs elsewhere. Ostensibly, Berry is acting and reacting opposite a phone  — and she sells it for all it’s worth. A serious actress indeed.

In the following interview with Berry, she reveals her favorite thrillers, the importance of spelling for 911 operators and how big her role will be in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Director Brad Anderson Talks THE CALL, Setting the Pace of the Film, His Fascination with Contained Spaces, and More

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Brad Anderson has slowly but surely proven to be one of the most efficient and solid filmmakers in the horror/thriller genre.  It’s odd to think that the writer/director of such quirky romantic character studies as Happy Accidents and Next Stop Wonderland would go on to make such decidedly unsettling films as The Machinist and Session 9The Call marks the next stepping-stone in Anderson’s career – it’s easily the most mainstream of the indie filmmaker’s work and instead of the slow burn menace of Transsiberian or Session 9, The Call eschews that in favor of plain old-fashion white-knuckle thrills.  However, The Call – still feels at one with Anderson. It’s a successful blending of mainstream material with Anderson’s more perverse and indie sensibilities.

In the following interview with Brad Anderson, he discusses balancing his own ‘auteurship’ while adjusting his style to someone else’s material, the importance of pace/editing and his penchant for ‘contained-space’ films.

New Trailer for THE CALL Starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin

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A new trailer for director Brad Anderson’s (The Machinist) upcoming thriller The Call has been released online.  The film stars Halle Berry as a 911 operator who, after taking a life-altering call from a teenager (Abigail Breslin) that’s been kidnapped, realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.  This trailer is a bit more intense and less plot-driven than the first one, and it’s quite effective.  Anderson looks to have crafted a surprisingly involving and potentially frightening thriller, and I’m getting a strong “twisted villain” vibe from this trailer.  Here’s hoping the full film delivers.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Morris ChestnutMichael Eklund, and Michael Imperioli.  The Call opens on March 15th.

Poster Round-Up: MUD, A TEACHER, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, and THE CALL

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We’ve got a few new posters to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Mud – The first poster for director Jeff Nichols’ excellent follow-up to Take Shelter highlight’s Matthew McConaughey’s titular character front and center.  Read Matt’s review from Sundance here.  The film opens in limited release on April 26th.
  • A Teacher – Another poster debut for a Sundance film.  The story centers on a high school teacher in Austin who has an affair with one of her students.
  • G.I. Joe Retaliation – A couple of recruitment propaganda posters for the upcoming sequel pose a serious question.  The film opens on March 29th.
  • The Call – A debut poster for this thriller that stars Halle Berry as an emergency operator who takes things into her own hands when a repeat offender kidnaps a young girl (Abigail Breslin).  The film opens on March 15th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

First Trailer for Thriller THE CALL Starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin

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TriStar Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming thriller The Call (previously titled The Hive).  Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), the film stars Halle Berry as a 911 operator who, after taking a life-altering call from a teenager (Abigail Breslin) that’s been kidnapped, realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.  Though the premise is fairly straightforward, the trailer is actually pretty interesting and makes The Call look like it could be a neat little thriller.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, and Michael ImperioliThe Call opens on March 15th.

New Images from MAMA, Plus the First Images from GROWN UPS 2 and THE CALL, Previously Known as THE HIVE Starring Halle Berry

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Here’s a look at some new images from the following projects:

  • From executive producer Guillermo del Toro comes Andres Muschietti’s directorial debut, Mama, a horror film starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse.
  • The first official image from Dennis Dugan’s Grown Ups 2 features Salma Hayek’s boobs…oh, and Kevin James, Chris Rock, Maria Bello, David Spade and Adam Sandler.
  • The first official image of Halley Berry from The Call, Brad Anderson’s thriller that was previously known as The Hive.  The picture also stars Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut and Michael Imperioli.

Hit the jump to check out all the new images.

CARRIE Remake Pushed to October, NO GOOD DEAD Delayed Until Early 2014 and THE HIVE Gets a New Title and Release Date

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Only two days into 2013 and we’ve already got our first release date shuffle.  Check out the changes for the following films:

  • Carrie, the horror remake directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, will now open on a more thematically appropriate October 18, 2013.
  • No Good Deed, a thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, will move back to January 17, 2014.
  • George Clooney’s Monuments Men, which sports the crazy cast of Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, Bill MurrayCate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John GoodmanBob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Clooney himself, will open just a couple of days earlier on December 18, 2013.
  • The Call, previously known as The Hive, is a thriller from director Brad Anderson that stars Halle Berry and will open on March 15, 2013.

Hit the jump for posters and synopses of the above-mentioned films.

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