Reelgood: Where to Stream Oscar Winners Cillian Murphy, Emma Stone, Christopher Nolan’s Top Content

On the heels of the 96th Academy Awards, Reelgood.com released the top 10 TV shows and movies from Oscar winners Cillian Murphy, Emma Stone, and Christopher Nolan (based on viewership interest) — and where to stream them.

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Cillian Murphy Top 10 (and full-list) titles:
 
  1. Peaky Blinders – Reelgood Score: 94 (Netflix)
  2. Batman Begins – Reelgood Score: 93 (Max, Hulu)
  3. Dunkirk – Reelgood Score: 91 (Hulu)
  4. Oppenheimer – Reelgood Score: 89 (Peacock)
  5. A Quiet Place Part II – Reelgood Score: 88 (Hulu, Paramount+)
  6. Red Eye – Reelgood Score: 79 (Paramount+, FuboTV)
  7. Anna – Reelgood Score: 77 (Prime Video)
  8. The Wind That Shakes the Barley – Reelgood Score: 76 (AMC+, Roku)
  9. Anthropoid – Reelgood Score: 75 (Max)
  10. Free Fire – Reelgood Score: 72 (Max)

 

Emma Stone Top 10 and full-list titles:
 
  1. The Help – Reelgood Score: 91 (FuboTV, Hulu)
  2. Zombieland – Reelgood Score: 90 (Apple TV+)
  3. Crazy, Stupid, Love – Reelgood Score: 89 (Hulu)
  4. La La Land – Reelgood Score: 88 (TBS, TruTV)
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man – Reelgood Score: 87 (Disney+, Netflix)
  6. Cruella – Reelgood Score: 85 (Disney+)
  7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Reelgood Score: 84 (Hulu)
  8. Poor Things – Reelgood Score: 84 (Hulu)
  9. The Favourite – Reelgood Score: 83 (Hulu)
  10. Zombieland: Double Tap – Reelgood Score: 82 (Hulu)

 

Christopher Nolan Top 10 and full-list titles:

  1. The Dark Knight – Reelgood Score: 98 (Max)
  2. Inception – Reelgood Score: 97 (Hulu)
  3. Interstellar – Reelgood Score: 96 (Prime Video, Paramount+)
  4. The Prestige – Reelgood Score: 95 (Apple TV+)
  5. Memento – Reelgood Score: 94 (Prime Video, Peacock)
  6. The Dark Knight Rises – Reelgood Score: 94 (Max)
  7. Batman Begins – Reelgood Score: 93 (Max, Hulu)
  8. Dunkirk – Reelgood Score: 91 (Hulu)
  9. Oppenheimer – Reelgood Score: 89 (Peacock)
  10. Insomnia – Reelgood Score: 84 (Paramount+)

Oscar-Nominated ‘Poor Things’ Headed to Hulu March 7

Ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony March 10, the Oscar-nominated Poor Things will reportedly stream on Hulu starting March 7.

The Searchlight Pictures film debuted for digital purchase Feb. 27 and will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 12.

Poor Things is nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Emma Stone) and Best Director.

It’s the tale of the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

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Lionsgate Re-Releasing Oscar-Winner ‘La La Land’ in Chinese Theaters For Christmas

Lionsgate’s Oscar-winning La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will be re-released in Chinese theaters by movie financier/distributor JL Film on Dec. 22.

Since its first release in 2016, La La Land has become a classic, regarded as one of the best movies of the 21st century, and one of the greatest movie musicals of all time. The six-time Academy Award-winning film was also honored with a clean sweep at the Golden Globes – seven nominations and seven wins.

The movie holds the box office record for original live-action movie musicals with a global box office of $470 million and Chinese box office of $35 million.

The theatrical re-release comes asLa La Land in Concert” marks its sixth year of touring worldwide and Lionsgate continues to expand the intellectual property, with a Broadway musical adaptation in the works from Emmy and Tony Award-winning producer Marc Platt.

For Chinese moviegoers, re-releasing La La Land for its seventh anniversary holds a special significance because seven years symbolizes a lifetime bond. The movie continues JL Film’s track record of investing in overseas theatrical hits. Earlier this year, the company released Lionsgate’s The Expendables 4 in China.

La La Land has so many fans across the world, and that’s especially true of China, where audiences have embraced its timeless love story and song-and-dance magic,” Wendy Reeds, EVP International Sales at Lionsgate, said in a statement.

La La Land is part of the inaugural slate of theatrical re-releases from China Film Group.

“We look forward to bringing La La Land to a large number of Chinese fans,” said Ricky Qi, president of JL Film.

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Cruella

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Disney;
Comedy;
Box Office $86.1 million;
$29.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $43.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some violence and thematic elements.
Stars Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Water Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mark Strong, John McCrea, Kayvan Novak.

The visually spectacular Cruella offers a fun, comedic take on the origins of one of Disney’s most enduring villains.

Emma Stone sinks her teeth into the title character, the younger version of Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, though the film is more of a reboot than a direct prequel to any of the previously filmed versions of the story.

In the film, Cruella begins as Estella, a trouble-making young girl who gets kicked out of school, forcing her mother to seek financial help from a wealthy patron. When a serious of unfortunate events leaves her mother dead in an accident at the patron’s estate, Estella is left orphaned on the streets of London, where she meets young Jasper and Horace, her future henchmen. The trio turn to grifting to get by, aided by Estella’s innate flair for fashion design.

Hoping to help her realize her dreams, Jasper and Horace arrange for Estella to get a job at a local department store, where her talents get her recruited by the Baroness (Emma Thompson), a famed yet unpleasant fashion designer. When Estella realizes that the Baroness is the patron her mother was seeing, and was responsible for her death, she vows revenge by organizing the greatest con of all — taking over her fashion empire by becoming the trendy Cruella — an up-and-coming designer who performs outrageous stunts to promote herself and upstage the Baroness’ fashion shows.

Set against the backdrop of the 1970s punk rock scene, Cruella perfectly captures the rebellious vibe of the era, while also laying the groundwork for its own future version of the 101 Dalmatians story.

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The Blu-ray edition contains two relatively insubstantial deleted scenes that run about a minute each, plus a two-minute blooper reel and more than 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The best one for Disney fans is the three-and-a-half-minute “Cruella 101,” which covers the history of the character and how Cruella references the animated film.

Other featurettes include the 10-minute “Cruella Couture,” about the films’ eccentric costumes; the six-minute “New Dogs … Old Tricks,” which deals with the animals in the film; the five-and-a-half-minute “The Sidekick Angle,” about Jasper and Horace; the 11-minute “The Two Emmas,” which focuses on the interplay between the two lead actresses; and the six-and-a-half-minute “The World of Cruella,” about the film’s locations.

‘Cruella’ Now Available for Digital Purchase — Free Preview of First Nine Minutes Available via Fandango

Disney’s Cruella became available for digital purchase June 25, and online movie hub Fandango is offering an exclusive free preview of the film’s first nine minutes.

The film, a prequel to 101 Dalmatians, stars Emma Stone as a young Cruella de Vil when she was a young grifter named Estella during the punk rock revolution in 1970s London. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), setting off a chain of events that leads Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. The cast also includes Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong.

The preview is available through the FandangoNow Extras YouTube channel and Fandango’s social media accounts, and available to buy for $29.99 in standard-definition, high-definition and 4K ultra-high-definition through Fandango-owned transacational video services Vudu and FandangoNow.

The preview is embedded here:

The film was previously available as a $29.99 Premier Access add-on to the Disney+ streaming service, and was simultaneously released in theaters, where it has earned more than $162 million worldwide. Cruella will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 21.

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‘Cruella’ Digital Release Set for June 25, Disc Coming Sept. 21

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution will make Cruella available through digital retailers June 25, with a release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD to follow on Sept. 21.

The film, a prequel to 101 Dalmatians, follows the early years of the villainous Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone), when she was a young grifter named Estella during the punk rock revolution in 1970s London. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), setting off a chain of events that leads Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

The cast also includes Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong.

The film earned $43.7 million at the domestic box office and is also available as a $29.99 Premier Access add-on to the Disney+ streaming service.

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The 4K disc will include Dolby Atmos, while the regular Blu-ray will feature 7.1 DTS-HDMA. Extras include bloopers, two deleted scenes and several featurettes:

  • “The Two Emma’s” — about the two lead actresses and how they prepared for their roles;
  • “The Sidekick Angle” — about Fry and Hauser as Jasper and Horace;
  • “Cruella Couture” — a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most fashionable moments in the movie;
  • “The World of “Cruella” — an exploration of the city locations and elaborate sets of Cruella;
  • “New Dogs … Old Tricks” — a look at the animal actors of the film;
  • “Cruella 101” — a look at Easter eggs hidden in the film and connections to other movies.

 

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Zombieland: Double Tap

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 1/21/20;
Sony Pictures;
Comedy;
Box Office $73.09 million;
$30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for bloody violence, language throughout, some drug and sexual content.
Stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch.

The original Zombieland in 2009 was such a delightful surprise that most fans considered a sequel to be an inevitability. Yet the years without one started to pile up, save for a pilot episode in 2013 of a TV adaptation for Amazon Prime Video that wasn’t picked up.

Ruben Fleischer, director of both the original film and this 10-years-later follow up, recalls in his commentary that plans for the sequel stalled because the creative team wasn’t satisfied with the script, so it was put on hold. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick at least tried to resurrect the concept on Amazon, albeit with a new cast, before moving on to pen the “Deadpool” movies. Fleischer himself went on to direct Venom.

Eventually, though, they found a concept that works, and here we are with the hilarious Double Tap, dropping back in on the post-apocalypse to see how the core quartet of Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have adjusted to a decade of life fighting zombies.

Pretty well, it turns out. They’ve taken up residence in the abandoned White House, while Columbus and Wichita have graduated to a full-fledged romantic relationship. That leaves the now grown-up Little Rock a bit restless to find a boyfriend of her own, so she hits the road with a pacifist musician named Berkeley (Avan Jogia), who promises to take her to a walled off commune where weapons are banned and the residents hide out from the zombie hordes by getting stoned in a village atop a skyrise.

So the rest of the group sets off to find her, joined by Madison (Zoey Deutch), a ditzy blonde they find living at the mall.

The zombies have also evolved into different sub-groups, some smarter than others, some harder to kill than others, which ups the danger factor of their road trip.

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The joy of the “Zombieland” movies is that they fully embrace the blood, gore and dystopian flavor of the genre, while at the same time spoofing the hell out of it. This time around, the movie even engages in a bit of self-parody, such as when Columbus and Tallahassee encounter another duo (Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch) whose personalities are eerily similar.

The casting of Middleditch as a doppelganger for Eisenberg is but one example of the film’s meta-humor, owing to Eisenberg’s performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, and Middleditch as the tech startup CEO on HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” The similarity in their characters is so pronounced that Fleischer even calls Eisenberg “Tom” at one point in his commentary. Oops.

There are quite a few running gags at play in Double Tap, from an expansion of the survival rules introduced in the first film, to the elaborate “Zombie Kill of the Week” cutaways, to the search for the ideal post-apocalyptic vehicle, to reflections of the past 10 years from the point of view of a society frozen in 2009. And the filmmakers have filled the screen with enough clever background details that it may take several viewings to fully appreciate.

At its core, though, as with the first film, Zombieland: Double Tap is anchored by the winning chemistry of its cast and the audience’s eagerness to spend more time with them.

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The Blu-ray is loaded with some great bonus materials, starting with the aforementioned director’s commentary, which offers some good behind-the-scenes information.

The making of the film is also the focus of five featurettes totaling nearly 35 minutes, covering the creation of the film’s memorable vehicles and sets, to the new cast members, and a look at making the fantastic mid-credits sequence that calls back to a memorable cameo from the first film.

Another two-minute video gives viewers a director’s-eye view of one of the film’s notable fight scenes.

Fans should be especially thrilled by the nearly 13 minutes of deleted scenes on the disc, which offer some great character moments that didn’t quite work for the film’s pacing but offer some interest tidbits on their own, particularly when it comes to the Columbus/Wichita relationship.

Rounding out the extras are an amusing five-minute blooper reel and a 30-second PSA using the film’s premise to encourage viewers to prepare their own emergency survival kits.

 

 

Sony Pictures Sets Home Release Dates for ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’

Sony Pictures has set home release dates for Zombieland: Double Tap, the zombie comedy sequel that hit the big screen earlier this year — 10 years after the original Zombieland.

The film, which grossed an estimated $72.2 million in North American movie theaters, will be released on digital Dec. 24 and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Jan. 21, 2020.

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Bonus materials for the home edition include audio commentary by director Ruben Fleischer, a blooper reel, nine alternate and extended scenes, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes about the making of the film.

Returning cast members include Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin  and Emma Stone. They are joined by newcomers Rosario Dawson (TV’s “The Defenders”), Zoey Deutch (TV’s “The Politician”), Luke Wilson (Old School), Avan Jogia (Shaft), and Thomas Middleditch (TV’s “Silicon Valley”).

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Set one decade after the events of the first film, Zombieland: Double Tap finds Tallahassee (Harrelson), Columbus (Eisenberg), Little Rock (Breslin), and Wichita (Stone) working together to kill zombies from their new home in the now-vacant White House.

A full list of bonus materials:

  • Extended bloopers and outtakes
  • Alternate and extended scenes
      • “The Beast is Gone”: Tragedy falls upon Tallahassee.
      • “Van Rides”: A vehicle says a lot about a person.
      • “Would Have Never Met”: Wichita and Columbus discuss what their lives would have been like if not for the zombie apocalypse.
      • “In Bed”: Tallahassee gets randy
      • “Breakfast at Babylon”: Cruelty-free breakfast and conversation.
      • “Car Ride”: Road trips were made for family bonding.
      • “Melting Gun”: Tallahassee says goodbye to another friend.
      • “There’s a Party Tonight”: Hanging out with a bunch of hippies.
      • “Alternate Proposal”: Love is the perfect mix of cool and uncool.
  • “The Doppelgangers”: From stunts to special effects, this in-depth piece breaks down doppelgangers Flagstaff and Albuquerque through interviews, demonstrations, and multiple cameras.
  • “The Rides of Zombieland”: From the Beast to Big Fat Death (and a hated Pontiac Trans Sport in between) this short focuses on the cars the zombie killers use to get around.
  • “Rules of Making a Zombie Film”: A documentary on the rules of making a zombie film.
  • “Making Babylon”: Explore the climactic third act location in the film. known in Zombieland as Babylon.  Part fortress, part freshman dormitory, Babylon is the safe-place for a generation of misguided peace-loving retro-hippies.
  • “New Blood”: Profiles on new cast members Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, and Avan Jogia.
  • “Single Take Doppelganger Fight”: Director Fleischer shares the camera monitor during the Doppelganger fight sequence.
  • Commentary with Fleischer.
  • “Zombieland Ad Council”

‘Zombieland’ Heading to 4K Ultra HD Oct. 1 From Sony

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Zombieland will come out on 4K Ultra HD Oct. 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in time for the theatrical debut of its sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Academy Award nominees Woody Harrelson (2017, Best Supporting Actor, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017), Jesse Eisenberg (2010, Best Actor, The Social Network) and Abigail Breslin (2006, Best Supporting Actress, Little Miss Sunshine) and Academy Award-winner Emma Stone (2016, Best Actress, La La Land), the film follows a shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park, who join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Remastered in 4K with High Dynamic Range, the release includes a Dolby Atmos audio track, along with the original theatrical 5.1 audio.

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The 4K UHD release features a new special feature with the cast offering a look back at the original film; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and “Shootin’ Zombies with Ruben Fleischer.” Special features on the Blu-ray include “Beyond the Graveyard Picture-in-Picture Track”; audio commentary with filmmakers and cast; the “In Search of Zombieland” featurette; the “ Zombieland is Your Land” featurette; deleted scenes; and visual effects progression scenes.

Oscar Nominated ‘The Favourite’ on Digital Feb. 12, Disc March 5

The critically acclaimed historical comedy The Favourite will be released through digital retailers Feb. 12, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 5 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Set in early 18th century England, the film stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, whose ill health and volatile temper is tended to by Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz). But the arrival of new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) sets off a rivalry to become the Queen’s favourite.

The Favourite earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Colman, Best Supporting Actress for both Weisz and Stone, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Home video extras include deleted scenes and the featurette “The Favourite: Unstitching the Costume Drama.”