Press Release #176 (11/25/13)
Movies On Demand on Cable Schedule Update – December 2013
Movies On Demand (MOD) closes out the year with a diverse selection of filmed entertainment in every genre, from some of the biggest hits of the year, to some little-known indie gems making their premieres on MOD.
Among the major studio titles making their television premieres via MOD is Despicable Me 2, this summer’s worldwide phenomenon (2nd highest grossing film of 2013), a huge hit among critics and audiences alike. The film’s loveable Minions will invade cable homes everywhere starting the day before Christmas. Also on tap for December is Fast & Furious 6 (Unedited) with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson driving the latest chapter of the high-octane franchise. Hugh Jackman gets a double-feature this month. He is back in action as The Wolverine, with the story transporting these famous comic book characters to Japan. He also stars along with Jake Gyllenhaal in the intense thriller about two missing children, Prisoners, which got over 80% on Rotten Tomatoes from both reviewers and fans. For sci-fi lovers, from the director of District 9 comes Elysium, an allegory about class struggles set in 2054, with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Also of note is Don Jon, which is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut and which he stars in with Scarlett Johannson.
Most of the major releases below premiere on MOD the same day as DVD release and are offered in both standard and high-definition**, as are many indies. The industry’s website, www.rentmoviesondemand.com is an at-a-glance look at most premiere titles along with synopses, trailers and Rotten Tomatoes® scores. In addition to new premieres, a wealth of library titles is always playing on MOD. Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/moviesondemand
Cable is the nation’s powerhouse in delivery of movies via the On Demand platform, representing over 60% of all paid orders in the U.S., far outpacing satellite, iTunes, Amazon and all others.* Only 18% of movie orders come from digital storefronts. Movies On Demand on Cable (MOD) is the easiest, most convenient way to rent movies from home instantly, with just a click of the remote. It is part of digital cable service.
December 2013 Movies On Demand on Cable Major Studio Television Premieres**:
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Premieres 12/3, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Fantasy, Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower
The Smurfs 2 – Premieres 12/3, (same day as DVD), PG, Animated, Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria
Fast & Furious 6 (Unedited) – Premieres 12/10, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), TV-MA, Action, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker
Elysium – Premieres 12/17, (same day as DVD), R, SciFi, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
The Family – Premieres 12/17, (same day as DVD, months before Netflix), R, Action/Comedy, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer
Kick-Ass 2 (With Extended Scenes) – Premieres 12/17, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), TV-MA, Action, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz
One Direction: This Is Us – Premieres 12/17, (same day as DVD), PG, Documentary, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne
Prisoners – Premieres 12/17, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Thriller, Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal
The Wolverine – Premieres 12/17, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Action, Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto
Despicable Me 2 – Premieres 12/24, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox, available in 3D), PG, Animated, voices: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig
Don Jon – Premieres 12/24, (one week before DVD, months before Netflix), R, Comedy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson
Insidious: Chapter 2 – Premieres 12/24, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Horror, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne
You're Next – Premieres 12/27, (before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), R, Horror, Barbara Crampton, Sharni Vinson
Percy Jackson 2 – Premieres 12/31, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG, Fantasy, Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario
December 2013 Independent Studio & Other Titles of Note** (just a selection)
Here are some notable highlights from the December 2013 roster of indie titles on Movies On Demand. Premiering same day as theatrical is Twice Born with Penelope Cruz, the story of passion and war set in 1984 Bosnia, as well as Some Velvet Morning, a story of dark obsession written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Neil LaBute (Nurse Betty).
Other titles to check out this month include the dark and emotional The Hunt, which received a whopping 95% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and star Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) won Best Actor at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The Documentary Cutie and the Boxer is a portrait of art and marriage which follows the life of Brooklyn painter Ushio Shinohara. It was also nearly unanimously praised by reviewers (Rotten Tomatoes).
More details on those and others below. These entertaining indie films may not be widely available in local theaters, making cable a perfect destination.
Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers – Premieres 12/3, (same day as DVD), TV-MA, Documentary
Crave – Premieres 12/6, (same day as theatrical release), TV-14, Drama, Edward Furlong, Ron Perlman
Live at the Foxes Den – Premieres 12/6, (same day as theatrical release), TV-PG, Drama, Jackson Rathbone, Jocelin Donahue
The Penguin King – Premieres 12/6, (same day as theatrical release), TV-G, Documentary, narrated by: Tim Allen
Twice Born – Premieres 12/6, (same day as theatrical release), R, Drama, Penélope Cruz, Emile Hirsch
Battle of the Year – Premieres 12/10, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Dance, Chris Brown, Josh Holloway
The Hunt – Premieres 12/10, (same day as DVD), R, Drama, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen
Some Velvet Morning – Premieres 12/10, (before theatrical release), TV-MA, Drama, Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve
Here Comes the Devil – Premieres 12/13, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Horror, Francisco Barreiro, Laura Caro
Hours – Premieres 12/13, (same day as theatrical release), PG-13, Thriller, Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez
We Are What We Are – Premieres 12/17, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), R, Horror, Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers
Cutie and the Boxer – Premieres 12/19, R, Documentary, Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara
Wrong Cops – Premieres 12/20, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Comedy, Eric Wareheim, Marilyn Manson
Mischief Night – Premieres 12/24, (same day as DVD), TV-MA, Horror, Erica Leerhsen, Ally Walker
Open Grave – Premieres 12/24, (before theatrical release), TV-MA, Horror, Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan
*Source: NPD. Includes cable MSOs, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS
**Schedule subject to change. Titles, dates and availability may vary by system. HD and 3D not available in all systems.
These movies are distributed to U.S. cable systems by iN DEMAND, www.indemand.com. For more information about Movies On Demand on Cable, go to www.rentmoviesondemand.com, on-screen guides or cable system websites.
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