Liam Neeson Actioner ‘The Marksman’ Climbs to No. 1 on Watched at Home Chart

Universal Pictures’ The Marksman moved into the No. 1 spot on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 15.

The latest actioner from Liam Neeson had been No. 3 a week earlier following its April 27 digital sellthrough release, but moved into the top spot following its May 11 bow on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. In the film, Neeson plays an Arizona rancher who agrees to take a young migrant boy to his family in Chicago despite being pursued by drug lords. It earned $15.6 million at the domestic box office.

Aside from the reshuffling for the top spot, the top five remained the same on the weekly Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The previous week’s top title, Warner Bros.’ crime drama The Little Things with Denzel Washington, dropped to No. 2, while Warner’s superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which had topped the chart for five weeks prior to slipping to No. 2 a week ago, slipped again to No. 3. Universal’s animated hit sequel The Croods: A New Age moved up a spot to No. 4, switching places with Best Picture Oscar winner Nomadland, from Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, which dropped to No. 5.

Warner’s direct-to-video Justice Society: World War II, based on the DC Comics characters, returned to the chart at No. 6 following a May 11 Blu-ray and 4K release (with a DVD-only release exclusive to Walmart). It dropped off the chart a week ago after debuting at No. 16 two following an April 27 digital release.

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Making its debut on the chart was Universal Pictures’ Land, the feature directorial debut of Robin Wright, who also stars as a woman who retreats from society to live in wilds of the Rockies following an unfathomable event. It was released on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD May 11, after being available for digital purchase since April 27.

Another newcomer to the chart was Lionsgate’s Above Suspicion, a true crime drama starring Emilia Clarke as a woman living in a small Kentucky town who falls in love with a married FBI agent after agreeing to become an informant. It debuted at No. 13 after a May 7 digital release.

The martial arts action comedy The Paper Tigers will debuted at No. 18 after being released on VOD May 7. An homage to feel-good martial arts films such as The Karate Kid, the film follows three dedicated kung fu disciples who grow up into washed-up, middle-aged men. When their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties and old grudges to avenge his death. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 22 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Also making its first appearance on the Watched at Home chart was 2018’s Venom, which entered the chart at No. 11 after the trailer for its upcoming sequel, Venom: Let Their Be Carnage, was released May 10.

  1. The Marksman (Universal)
  2. The Little Things (Warner)
  3. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  4. Nomadland (20th Century)
  5. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  6. Justice Society: World War II (Warner)
  7. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  8. News of the World (Universal)
  9. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  10. Land (Universal)
  11. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  13. Above Suspicion (Lionsgate)
  14. City of Lies (Lionsgate)
  15. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  16. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  17. The Vault (2021, Paramount)
  18. The Paper Tigers (Well Go USA)
  19. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  20. Minari (Lionsgate)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended May 15.

Liam Neeson Actioner ‘The Marksman’ Shooting to Digital April 27, Disc May 11

The Liam Neeson action thriller The Marksman will be available for digital purchase starting April 27 and will shoot to Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Lorenz (American SniperMystic River), the film’s supporting cast includes Katheryn Winnick (The Dark Tower, “Big Sky”), Juan Pablo Raba (Peppermint, “Narcos”), Teresa Ruiz (“Narcos: Mexico,” “Here on Earth”) and Jacob Perez (Papa BearWilly Goes Way Back).

Neeson plays Jim Hanson, an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher who simply wants to be left alone as he tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. But everything changes when he witnesses 11-year-old migrant Miguel (Perez) and his mother (Ruiz) fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel. After being caught in a shoot-out, Miguel’s mother begs Jim to take her son to the safety of their family in Chicago. Defying law-enforcement, Jim and Miguel hit the road and slowly begin to forge an unlikely friendship, while the cartel’s relentless assassins blaze a bloody trail, hot on their heels.

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Extras include a making-of featurette with interviews with filmmakers and cast.

‘Honest Thief’ Tops Redbox Charts for Third Week

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief remained No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart for a third consecutive week, and returned to No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand Chart the week ended Jan. 17.

The week’s top newcomer was Paramount’s Spell, at No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Spell, which earned $500K at the domestic box office, stars Omari Hardwick as a man who survives a plane crash only to discover the couple caring for him has sinister motives.

Another newcomer, 20th Century Studios’ The Empty Man, debuted at No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 6 on the digital chart. The horror film deals with a former cop in a Midwestern town coming out of retirement to investigate a series of disappearing teenagers attributed to a local legend.

New to the On Demand chart are Universal’s News of the World, a Western starring Tom Hanks, at No. 9, and STX Entertainment’s Horizon Line, a thriller about a couple trapped on a plane heading into a storm after their pilot has a heart attack, at No. 10.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals were Universal’s The War With Grandpa at No. 3 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

On the On Demand chart, War With Grandpa was No. 2, Tenet was No. 3, and Solstice’s Unhinged was No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 17:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. Spell — Paramount
  3. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  4. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  5. Tenet — Warner
  6. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  7. The Informer — Vertical
  8. Jungleland — Paramount
  9. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  10. Unhinged — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 17:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Tenet — Warner
  4. Spell — Paramount
  5. Unhinged — Solstice
  6. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  7. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  8. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  9. News of the World — Universal
  10. Horizon Line — STX

 

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Liam Neeson Continues Pandemic Box Office Run with ‘The Marksman’

Open Road’s The Marksman topped Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman 1984 at domestic box office Jan. 15-17 with an estimated $3.7 million in ticket sales across 1,975 screens. The movie starring Liam Neeson is the second Open Road feature film after last October’s Honest Thief released theatrically during the ongoing pandemic that has resonated with consumers willing to frequent the box office.

Thief generated $14.1 million in the United States; $28.3 million worldwide before being released into on DVD/Blu-ray Disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on Dec. 29.

WW84 ended its run atop the box office with $2.6 million in the No. 2 spot. The DC superhero movie starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig, has generated $35.8 million at the domestic box office since its Christmas Day debut; $141.7 million worldwide. It was released concurrently on streaming video service HBO Max.

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Ongoing pandemic hit The Croods: A New Age actually gained box office revenue from the previous week with more than $2 million to finish No. 2. The Universal/DreamWorks Animation title has generated $130 million at the global box office and is slated to bow on disc Feb. 23.

Rounding out the estimated $10.3 million weekend box office includes the usual run of titles including Tom Hanks western News of the World with $1 million ($8.5 million total); Screen Gems’ Monster Hunter with $920,000 ($16 million global); Lionsgate’s Fatale ($500,000; $8.4 million); Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman ($410,000; $4.1 million); 101 Studios’ The War With Grandpa ($182,000; $34 million); Roadside Attraction’s Pinocchio ($149,000; $21.9 million) and Walt Disney Studios’ re-release of The Emperor’s New Groove with $173,000.

‘Honest Thief,’ ‘The Last Shift’ Top Slate of New Releases Available for Home Viewing Dec. 29

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and Sony Pictures’ The Last Shift top the slate of new releases available for home viewing on Dec. 29.

Also out are Two Ways Home, from Gravitas Ventures, and, on DVD only, a batch of music videos from Bayview Entertainment, among them The Beatles: Meet the Beatles; Elvis Presley: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years; and Stevie Nicks: Broadcasting Live.

Honest Thief, a drama starring Liam Neeson as a guilt-conscious bank robber who confronts FBI agents wanting to rob him, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD two weeks after it became available to rent or buy through digital retailers such as FandangoNow, Redbox On Demand, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and ROW8. Written, directed and produced by Mark Williams, the film stars Neeson as a notorious bank robber who turns himself in after falling in love, only to be double-crossed by a pair of corrupt FBI agents. The merciless agents soon discover there’s nothing more dangerous than an elite criminal mastermind seeking justice. Honest Thief earned $13.5 million at the domestic box office.

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The comic drama The Last Shift makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc and DVD as well as through digital retailers. In the film, aging fast-food worker Stanley (two-time Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins) plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish. He spends his last weekend training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. Stanley, a high school dropout who has watched his life pass by his drive-through window, proudly details the nuances of the job while Jevon, who considers himself too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labor is being exploited. A flicker of comaraderie sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.

Two Ways Home, making its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on Dec. 29, is a drama about a troubled young woman living with bipolar disorder who returns to her hometown in rural Iowa to reconnect with her estranged 12-year-old daughter. Her plan to stay with her grandfather is thwarted when she discovers he has suffered a heart attack and is being kept at a nursing home by her parents. Conflict with her family intensifies when her teenage daughter’s reaction to seeing her echoes the feelings shared by the whole family: they were happier when she was out of their lives.

‘Godfather, Coda,’ Season 3 of ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Honest Thief’ Top Weekly Slate of New Releases

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone — a new edit and restoration of The Godfather Part III — and season three of the hit TV series “Yellowstone,” both from Paramount Home Entertainment, top the slate of new home releases available beginning Dec. 8.

The week’s slate of new home releases also includes Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief, a drama starring Liam Neeson as a guilt-conscious bank robber who confronts FBI agents wanting to rob him, and the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts of two action movies, Total Recall and Collateral. And baseball fans can pick up the highlight film of this year’s World Series won by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The rebranded version of the third and final film in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” trilogy has been newly restored and re-edited, and the Blu-ray includes an exclusive introduction by Coppola and access to a digital copy of the film.

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather Part III,” Coppola said

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Season three of “Yellowstone,” which along with the series’ first two seasons has consistently ranked among the top “Watched at Home” releases, is being released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 8, along with a limited-edition boxed set of all three seasons on DVD only. (The latter has already sold out on Amazon.)

Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the popular Paramount Network series stars Kevin Costner and follows the story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. The third-season finale of “Yellowstone” was the most-watched cable telecast of the year, and the top cable telecast since the “Game of Thrones” finale in May 2019.  The show has been renewed for a fourth season on Paramount Network.

Honest Thief also becomes available for home audiences on Dec. 8 through digital retailers only. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Honest Thief on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 29.

Written, directed and produced by Mark Williams, the film stars Liam Neeson as a notorious bank robber who turns himself in after falling in love, only to be double-crossed by a pair of corrupt FBI agents. The merciless agents soon discover there’s nothing more dangerous than an elite criminal mastermind seeking justice. Honest Thief earned $13.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate will release the 1990 sci-fi classic Total Recall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Dec. 8 in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. The three-disc combo pack will include the film on both 4K and standard Blu-ray, plus a Blu-ray of additional bonus material. The film has been restored by StudioCanal in 4K from a scan of the original 35mm negative.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and inspired by the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker on Earth in 2084 whose memory implant of a vacation to Mars awakens the dormant personality of a secret agent involved with revolutionary forces on the red planet. The cast also includes Rachel Ticotin, Michael Ironside, Sharon Stone and Ronny Cox.

A version of the combo pack in Steelbook packaging will be available exclusively at Best Buy.

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Director Michael Mann’s 2004 thriller Collateral arrives in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo  Dec. 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Remastered under the supervision of the director, the new 4K Ultra HD presentation features HDR. The Blu-ray in the combo pack is also remastered.

The film stars Tom Cruise as Vincent, a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Max, a cabbie with big dreams and little to show for it.  Max transports Vincent on his next job — one night, five stops, five hits and a getaway. And after the fateful night, neither man will ever be the same.

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Shout! Factory Dec. 8 will release The 2020 World Series, the highlight film of Major League Baseball’s 2020 championship season that saw the Los Angeles Dodgers win the Fall Classic. The film will be narrated by longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, who retired in 2016. It will also be available on the same date digitally, to own and rent from all major platforms.

Liam Neeson Thriller ‘Honest Thief’ Available Digitally Dec. 8, on Disc Dec. 29

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the thriller Honest Thief through digital retailers Dec. 8, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 29.

Written, directed and produced by Mark Williams, the film stars Liam Neeson as a notorious bank robber who turns himself in after falling in love, only to be double-crossed by a pair of corrupt FBI agents. The merciless agents soon discover there’s nothing more dangerous than an elite criminal mastermind seeking justice.

The cast also includes Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Anthony Ramos, Jeffrey Donovan and Robert Patrick.

Honest Thief earned $13.5 million at the domestic box office.

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Liam Neeson Drama ‘Honest Thief’ Tops Another Quiet Domestic Weekend Box Office

Open Roads Films’ thriller Honest Thief, starring Liam Neeson, finished atop another subdued domestic weekend box office, generating $3.7 million in North American ticket sales Oct. 16-18. Neeson plays a burglar who turns himself in, only to be double-crossed by the FBI.

The previous week’s topper, The War With Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro, finished second with $2.5 million. The movie from 101 Studios has generated $7.3 million in 10 days. Warner Bros.’ Tenet, from director Christopher Nolan, ended third on the weekend with $1.6 million, upping its domestic theatrical take to $50.6 million.

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U.S. movie ticket sales continue to be hamstrung by coronavirus pandemic-related theater closures in key markets and social distancing protocols in cinemas operating. In addition, studios continue to push back into 2021 major new tentpole releases living operating theaters with lower profile movies and re-releases.

Indeed, Disney re-releases The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus finished fourth and fifth over the weekend with $1.3 million and $756,000 in ticket sales, respectively.

Indie Films, Older Movies Score on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The lack of fresh theatrical product continues to lead home viewers toward older films as well as niche product from independent suppliers.

The crime drama The Tax Collector, from RLJ Entertainment, remained No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Aug. 15. The film, which stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord, was released through digital retailers on Aug. 7.

New to the chart were two more independent films, Homefront and Made In Italy, which debuted, respectively at No. 6 and No. 7 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Homefront, from Open Road Films, is a 2013 action thriller that stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth. The film earned $51.7 million during its theatrical run.

Made In Italy is a new comedy-drama written and directed by James D’Arcy. Starring Liam Neeson and his son, Micheál Richardson, as well as Valeria Bilello and Lindsay Duncan, the film follows an artist who must restore a villa with his estranged son after his wife dies in a terrible car crash. Made in Italy was released Aug. 7 through in select theaters and on VOD.

Also new to the weekly chart is Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow-helmed comedy rerouted from theaters to an early digital release, at a premium price, in June. The film debuted at No. 11 on the “Watched at Home” chart after its release the prior week through digital retailers.

Jurassic World entered the chart at No. 19, a week after its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, debuted at No. 18 amid publicity around the next installment in the dinosaur franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, slated to bow in theaters next summer. Fallen Kingdom moved up two spots to finish the week at No. 16.

Rounding out the top five the week ended Aug. 15 were DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour at No. 2 and the three seasons of “Yellowstone,” from Paramount, at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.

  1. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  2. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. Homefront (2013, Open Road Films)
  7. Made In Italy (IFC Films)
  8. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  9. The Rental (IFC Films)
  10. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  11. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  12. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  14. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  15. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  16. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  17. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  18. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  19. Jurassic World (Universal)
  20. 1917 (Universal)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Aug. 15.

Men in Black: International

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

 Street Date 9/3/19;
Sony Pictures;
Sci-Fi;
Box Office: $79.66 million;
$30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sci-fi action, some language and suggestive material.
Stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson.

The fourth film in the “Men in Black” franchise was supposed to freshen up the franchise with a new cast and creative team. But old habits are hard to break, and Men in Black: International ends up coming across as a bland rehash of the formula established by the original film.

It’s not the fault of the cast, who are doing their best to milk laughs out of the material. And the film looks great, with all the weird aliens, slick gadgets and kooky visual effects one would expect from a “Men in Black” movie.

The issue is that the “MIB” movies don’t seem concerned with the kind of worldbuilding needed to create a viable sci-fi mythology, like establishing a set of rules for how things work. Instead they rely on familiar gags and situations that hint at a bigger picture but ultimately don’t yield many consequences for the characters or the fictional organization they work for that is tasked with secretly defending the Earth from intergalactic threats.

The fourth film kicks off with not one but two flashbacks. In one, a young girl witnesses her parents’ memories erased by MIB agents, causing her to become obsessed with learning the secrets of the organization, which she finally stumbles upon decades later and earns a chance to prove herself as an agent. Played as an adult by Tessa Thompson, she’s dubbed agent M and assigned to the London branch, where MIB boss O (Emma Thompson) thinks something’s not quite right with the operation.

The London branch is run by High T (Liam Neeson), who a few years earlier (in the other flashback) joined agent H (Chris Hemsworth) in fighting off an alien invader named The Hive, and once you hear why they’re called that it pretty much telegraphs every potential plot twist in the movie.

Anyway, back in the present, M and H work together to investigate a potential new threat from the Hive, involving a pair of alien assassins who are looking for a superweapon on Earth, taking them on an adventure through exotic locales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth work well together, as we’ve seen in the “Thor” and “Avengers” movies. But their pairing here seems more an attempt to coast off that buzz than come up with fresh ideas.

The shift to London, the globetrotting story and addition of Hemsworth as a suave secret agent are undoubtedly meant to give the film a “James Bond meets Men in Black” vibe, which might have been better served if the film embraced the tone such a mashup would imply, rather than lazily resorting to the familiar buddy cop vs. aliens boilerplate we’ve seen before.

The bonus materials on the Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions mostly reinforce the notion that this is merely the next iteration of a familiar franchise, with a half-hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes about the cast, stunts, production design and gadgets showing how “MIB” is being taken to the next level. But nostalgia isn’t left behind, as there’s a three-minute video recapping the earlier movies.

There’s also a bizarre three-minute NBA crossover video in which M and H discover a number of top NBA superstars are actually aliens. While these were produced as promos for the NBA playoffs around the time of the film’s theatrical run, without that context they play more as a prequel for a “Space Jam”-type movie.

The home video editions also come with a two-minute gag reel.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray are 11-and-a-half minutes of deleted scenes, some of which shed new light on elements in the movie. There’s also a pair of amusing faux commercials for “MIB”-style products, one for a consumer-approved memory-wiping neuralyzer, and another for a parody ancestry website for people to discover their alien heritage. However, the Alien-cestry.com URL just leads back to the Sony Pictures home page.