11.11-13.2011: What To Watch – Theater, DVD/Blu-ray and TV Edition

11.11.11.  It’s Veteran’s Day and a weekend full of movies and shows to keep us busy sitting on our derrières. Read on to prepare yourself…

THEATER PREMIERE

Immortals (R / 110 mins / In 2D, RealD 3D & Digital 3D).  Starring Henry Cavill (TV’s The Tudors), Stephen Dorff (Somewhere), Isabel Lucas (TV’s The Pacific), Freida Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Luke Evans (The Three Musketeers), Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), Joseph Morgan (TV’s The Vampire Diaries), Anne-Day Jones (The Moth Diaries), Stephen McHattie (TV’s Haven), John Hurt (Melancholia) and Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2).  Written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides (Everything for a Reason).  Directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell).

Previously titled Dawn of War and War of the Gods, Immortals is loosely based on Greek mythology starring both immortal Greek Gods and mortal humans.  Director Tarsem Singh, who is currently directing Mirror, Mirror, one of two Snow White-based films for 2012, describes Immortals as “Caravaggio meets Fight Club.”  Regardless of the story, the action-fantasy drama will be visually stunning with its “Renaissance painting style.”

Synopsis:  The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Rourke) and his murderous army are rampaging across Greece, demolishing everything in their wake with ruthless efficiency.  Village after village fails to Hyperion’s legions and each victory takes him one step closer to his goal: unleasing the power of the sleeping titans to vanquish both the Gods of Olympus and all of humankind.  It seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission to become the undisputed master of the world, until a stonemason named Theseus (Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids.  When Theseus meets the sibylline oracle, Phaedra (Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction.  With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

Official Website:  http://www.immortalsmovie.com/splash/

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/immortals

Twitter:  @ImmortalsFilm

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/immortalsmovie

Melancholia (R / 130 mins/ In 2D).  Starring Kirsten Dunst (All Good Things), Charlotte Gainsbourg (The Tree), Kiefer Sutherland (Hulu’s The Confession), Alexander Skarsgård (TV’s True Blood), John Hurt (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Charlotte Rampling (Never Let Me Go) and Stellan Skarsgård (Thor).  Written & Directed by Lars von Trier (Antichrist).

Depression led to Melancholia for writer/director Lars von Trier.  The idea for the film occurred during a therapy session which he developed into a film about humans reacting under pressure…in this case, the end of the world.  The sci-fi drama premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival with actress Kirsten Dunst winning the Award for Best Actress.  Unfortunately, her win was overshadowed by von Trier’s Nazi statements and the controversy over his expulsion from the festival.  To read more about it, click here.

Synopsis:  Danish provocateur Lars von Trier presents the end of the world – in two parts.  The first section focuses on Justine (Dunst), an ad executive who’s just married her colleague Michael (A. Skarsgård).  They show up hours late for the reception, infuriating Justine’s sister Claire (Gainsbourg) and her rich husband John (Sutherland), who are paying for the event and hosting it on their obscenely lavish estate.   The attendees include: the sisters’ ludicrously wasted father (Hurt) and foul-tempered ex-hippie mother (Rampling), Justine’s vilely self-centred boss (S. Skarsgård) and one very aggravated wedding planner.  Prone to intense, crippling bouts of depression, Justine falls off the deep end the minute she arrives to a chorus of disapproval.  As the party deteriorates along with her, she’s the only one to notice a strange star looming closer in the sky.   The film’s second section focuses on reliable, level-headed Claire, who’s spent much of her life caring for her sister – and is now dealing with her post-nuptial depression – as the errant planet that Justine spotted earlier moves nearer and nearer.

Official Website:  http://www.melancholiathemovie.com/

DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASE

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) on DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy, Blu-ray Movie-Only Edition + UltraViolet Digital Copy, and Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy.  Starring Daniel Radcliffe (Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Rupert Grint (Wild Target), Emma Watson (My Week with Marilyn), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), Robbie Coltrane (TV’s The Gruffalo), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Ralph Fiennes (Clash of the Titans), Michael Gambon (The King’s Speech), Jason Isaacs (Abduction), Gary Oldman (Red Riding Hood), Alan Rickman (Alice in Wonderland), Maggie Smith (Nanny McPhee Returns) and David Thewlis (Anonymous).  Screenplay by Steve Kloves (2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man).  Directed by David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1).

It all ends here for Harry Potter.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 broke records in the US & Canada and all around the world starting with advance ticket sales; Potter fans purchased over $32 million worth of movie tickets weeks before the premiere.  It also shattered at least 10 other domestic records and five foreign records, including highest opening weekend (domestic – $169.189 million, foreign – $314 million, worldwide – $483.189 million).  The eighth and final film of the series continues to be nominated and win awards, including the Hollywood Film Awards to the 2011 Scream Awards (eights wins, five nominations).

The three-disc edition includes featurettes and additional scenes.

Synopsis:  In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war.  The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe.  But it is Harry Potter (Radcliffe) who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort (Fiennes).  It all ends here.

Official Website:  http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows/mainsite/dvd/#/home

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/harrypottermovie

Twitter:  @wbpictures

WEEKEND TV SCHEDULE

Friday 11/11:

Fringe (“And Those We’ve Left Behind”) at 9/8c on FOX – The Fringe team must find the pattern between tragic time loop anomalies, and as the investigation unfolds, Raymond (guest star Stephen Root [Red State]), an electrical engineer, and his wife Kate (guest star Romy Rosemont [TV’s Glee]), a professor of theoretical physics, enter the picture.

Grimm (“BeeWare”) at 9/8 on NBC – The station is abuzz as Nick and Hank are called to a case where an innocent flash mob results in a gruesome homicide.  As Nick delves further into the investigation, he learns more about his unique family history, and finds himself at odds when he and Hank are assigned to protect a dark character from his recent past.

Supernatural (“Time for a Wedding!”) at 9/8c on The CW – While on a hunt, Sam runs into someone from his past and a confrontation ensues.  Meanwhile, Dean reluctantly teams up with a quirky, laid-back hunter named Garth (guest star DJ Qualls [TV’s Memphis Beat]), when he finds himself in a situation that he just cannot explain.

Sanctuary (“Homecoming” – Directed by Robin Dunne) at 10/9c on SyFy – Magnus gets tied up in an Abnormal scheme and Will runs into trouble at the Liberian Sanctuary.

Saturday 11/12:

Rage of the Yeti, A SyFy Original Movie, at 9/8c on SyFy – Treasure seekers hunt for survival when they encounter ferocious snow beasts.  Starring Yancy Butler, David Chokachi (both of TV’s Witchblade) and David Hewlett (TV’s Stargate: Atlantis).

Sunday 11/13:

Once Upon a Time (“The Price of Gold”) at 8/7c on ABC – Emma tries to help a pregnant woman get away from Mr. Gold; Cinderella makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin.

The Walking Dead (“Chupacabra”) at 9/8c on AMC – Glenn, the only one breaking barriers between both groups, knows far too much for his comfort level.  Daryl finds a sign of life and, in his delirium, tries to make it back to the farm alive.  Talking Dead is at 12/11c.

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