Press Release #177 (12/20/13)
Movies On Demand (MOD) launches into 2014 with a top-notch selection of films in every genre, from big hits to buzz-worthy indie gems getting their premieres on MOD.
Already nominated for a Golden Globe award is Tom Hanks’ stellar performance in Captain Phillips, the true story based on the 2009 Somali container ship hijacking. Another movie based on true events is the hit Fruitvale Station, multiple winner at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, based on a tragic incident in San Francisco’s transit system five years ago. Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey star in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which tells the powerful story of the civil rights movement starting in the late 1950s from the perspective of a White House butler, Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) who served eight presidents. In Woody Allen’s new film, “Blue Jasmine,” (91% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes), Cate Blanchett is getting rave reviews as a wealthy socialite who loses everything.
Also, widely praised is the bittersweet love story, Enough Said, starring James Gandolfini in his final role, opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And kids can feast on the hit sequel film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, following the continuing adventures of inventor Flint Lockwood.
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: http://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.
January 2014 Movies On Demand on Cable Major Studio Television Premieres**:
Carrie – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD), R, Horror, Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore
Fruitvale Station – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD), R, Drama, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer
Lee Daniels' The Butler – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Drama, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey
Riddick (Unedited Director's Cut) – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), TV-MA, Action, Vin Diesel, Karl Urban
All Is Lost – Premieres 1/21, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Drama, Robert Redford
Blue Jasmine – Premieres 1/21, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Drama, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin
Captain Phillips – Premieres 1/21, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Action, Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi
Instructions Not Included – Premieres 1/21, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Comedy, Eugenio Derbez, Jessica Lindsey
Machete Kills - Premieres 1/21, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Action, Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson
Runner Runner – Premieres 1/21, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Thriller, Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 - Premieres 1/28, (same day as DVD), PG, Family, voices: Bill Hader, Anna Faris
Enough Said – Premieres 1/28, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Comedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Unedited) – Premieres on 1/28, (same day as DVD), TV-MA, Comedy, Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll
Last Vegas – Premieres 1/28, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Comedy, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro
Rush – Premieres 1/28, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix), R, Action, Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl
January 2014 Independent Studio & Other Titles of Note** (just a selection)
Two indie documentaries premiering on MOD in January are already getting Awards Season buzz, notably, 20 Feet From Stardom, the story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest pop music legends. Even though the film features Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting, they are just supporting actors to the real stars of this film, which got 99% approval from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The Act of Killing, (96% critics’ approval on Rotten Tomatoes) is an audacious documentary in which leaders of Indonesian death squads reenact their mass murders.
MOD viewers will also get the first look at several films premiering before their theatrical release. Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey stars along with Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning in Summer in February, about a love triangle amongst British bohemian artists in the days before WWI. MOD audiences can also get a sneak peak of Grand Piano, an absurd thriller featuring Elijah Wood as a concert pianist fiercely playing to save both his career and his life.
Other indie titles which have gotten positive notices include: Short Term 12, an acclaimed film (98% positive on Rotten Tomatoes) about a young woman (Brie Larson) working with at-risk teens, and all the complex issues it brings up for her. The Spectacular Now, a coming of age story written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber [(500) Days of Summer] got near universal critical raves. In a World… is a clever romantic comedy about a struggling voiceover talent with Lake Bell (Children’s Hospital) and Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine).
More details on those and others below. These entertaining indie films may not be widely available in local theaters, making cable a perfect destination.
The Best Offer – Premieres 1/1, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Thriller, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess
Jamesy Boy – Premieres 1/3, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Drama, Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames
Thanks For Sharing – Premieres 1/3, (before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), R, Comedy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo
The Act of Killing – Premieres 1/7, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), TV-MA, Documentary
Closed Circuit - Premieres 1/7, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Thriller, Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall
I'm So Excited! – Premieres 1/7, (same day as DVD), R, Comedy, Carlos Areces, Penélope Cruz
Summer in February – Premieres 1/7, (before theatrical release), TV-14, Romance, Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens
Cold Comes the Night – Premieres 1/10, (same day as theatrical release), R, Thriller, Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston
Free Ride – Premieres 1/10, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Drama, Anna Paquin, Drea De Matteo
20 Feet From Stardom – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Documentary, Darlene Love, Mary Clayton
A.C.O.D. – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD), R, Comedy, Adam Scott, Amy Poehler
I'm in Love With a Church Girl – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD), PG, Drama, Jeff 'Ja Rule' Atkins, Adrienne Bailon
Short Term 12 – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama, Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr.
The Spectacular Now – Premieres 1/14, (same day as DVD), R, Romance, Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller
In a World… - Premieres 1/21, (same day as DVD), R, Comedy, Lake Bell, Rob Corddry
Like Father, Like Son – Premieres 1/23, (available on demand & in theaters), TV-14, Drama, Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono
Afternoon Delight – Premieres 1/28, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), R, Comedy, Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple
Grace Unplugged – Premieres 1/28, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), PG, Drama, AJ Michalka, James Denton
Metallica Through the Never – Premieres 1/28, (same day as DVD, available in 3D), R, Thriller, Dane DeHaan
Grand Piano – Premieres 1/30, (before theatrical release), R, Thriller, Elijah Wood, John Cusack
*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.