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Movies On Demand on Cable Update – August 2015

An array of entertaining films are making their television premieres via Movies on Demand (MOD) on cable in August, including many the same day as their theatrical debuts.

The second installment in the hugely popular film series, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, once again stars Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James as Four. The film picks up three days after the last installment leaves off, as the pair are still on the run from Jeanine and all of Erudite.

For thrill-seekers, Dark Places will provide some chilling relief from the summer heat. Charlize Theron stars as Libby, a woman haunted by the mass murder of her family twenty-five years earlier, supposedly carried out by her brother, whom she subsequently testified against. But a team of investigators that specialize in solving unsolved, complex cases make her rethink the horrific crime.

Rihanna and Jim Parsons voice the two central characters in the huge box office animated hit, Home, (premieres 7/28.) Their characters become unlikely friends – a loveable misfit from another planet, and a feisty earthling girl who has been separated from her mother – whose friendship and adventures change both of their worlds forever. The Dreamworks Animation (The Croods, How to Train Your Dragon) title is sure to delight younger audiences.

In the computer-era teen horror film Unfriended, Shelley Hennig and Moses Storm star as high school friends haunted by a Skype™ video claiming to be a girl who committed suicide a year ago because of their bullying.

August 2015 Movies on Demand on Cable Major Studio Premieres*:

Home – Premieres 7/28, (same day as DVD), PG, Animated/Family, voices: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

The Divergent Series: Insurgent – Premieres 8/4, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Action/Adventure, Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James

Far from the Madding Crowd – Premieres 8/4, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Drama/Romance, Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen

Dark Places – Premieres 8/7, (same day as DVD), R, Thriller, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz

Hot Pursuit – Premieres 8/11, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Action/Comedy, Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara

Unfriended – Premieres 8/11, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Thriller/Horror, Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead

Aloha with Bonus Cast Gag Reel – Premieres 8/25, (same day as DVD), PG-13/TV-14, Comedy/Drama, Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams

August 2015 Independent Studio & Other Titles of Note (just a selection)

MOD viewers have an early look at these titles, as most of indies on cable this month are premiering before or same day as their theatrical release.

Several titles have stories revolving around the complexities and turmoil of growing up:

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Florence Pugh star in The Falling, a teen thriller about the spread of a fainting outbreak throughout a prestigious all-girls school in 1960’s London. The film follows the friendship of the two main characters as they explore their sexuality and growing up. With a stellar cast including Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer, 10,000 Saints is a drama that takes place amidst the drugs, sex and punk music of a gritty 1980’s Manhattan, weaving in humor even as it tackles serious issues about growing up and the responsibility of family.

The thriller Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and Camryn Manheim, begins with an innocent prank by two boys who stumble upon a cop car and take it out for a spin. However, the plot twists and turns as the boys find themselves hunted by a crooked cop in a high-speed, life-threatening chase.

 

She’s Funny That Way, from renowned director Peter Bogdanovich, stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and Imogen Poots in a zany backstage comedy about a Broadway cast consisting of couples, a call girl, an ex-lover and numerous crushes.

 

Considered one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, The Who remains as influential today as they were 50 years ago. The critically acclaimed documentary, Lambert & Stamp, tells the remarkable true story of the filmmakers who discovered The Who while filming the band for an underground movie, and nurtured them to stardom. The film features Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

 

Also notable is Queen of Earth, starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) in a psychological thriller about two friends who retreat to a lake house to rekindle their friendship.

 

Indie premieres for August, 2015*:

Jenny’s Wedding – Premieres 8/1, (same day as theatrical release), PG-13, Comedy, Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson

 

A la mala Premieres 8/4, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Comedy/Romance, Aislinn Derbez, Mauricio Ochmann

Child 44 – Premieres 8/4, (same day as DVD), R, Thriller, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman

Do You Believe?Premieres 8/4, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Drama, Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin

The Falling – Premieres 8/7, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Thriller, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh

The Runner – Premieres 8/7, (same day as theatrical release), PG-13, Action/Drama, Nicholas Cage, Connie Nielsen

Enchanted Kingdom – Premieres 8/11, (same day as theatrical release, available in 3D*), G, Documentary/Nature, narrated by: Idris Elba

The Hunting Ground – Premieres 8/11, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Documentary, Kirby Dick

Northmen: A Viking SagaPremieres 8/11, (available on demand & in theaters), R, Action, Ed Skrein, Ryan Kwanten

10,000 Saints – Premieres 8/14, (same day as theatrical release), R, Comedy/Drama, Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, Hailee Steinfeld, Asa Butterfield

Air – Premieres 8/14, (same day as theatrical release), PG-13, Action/Sci-Fi, Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou

Cop Car – Premieres 8/14, (same day as theatrical release), R, Thriller, Kevin Bacon, Camryn Manheim

Final Girl – Premieres 8/14, (same day as theatrical release), R, Horror/Thriller, Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley

Fort Tilden – Premieres 8/14, (same day as theatrical release), R, Comedy, Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty

One & Two – Premieres 8/14, (same day as theatrical release), TV-14, Drama/Fantasy, Kiernan Shipka, Elizabeth Reaser

People, Places, Things – Premieres 8/14, (same day as theatrical release), R, Comedy/Drama, Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall

Return to Sender – Premieres 8/14, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Thriller, Rosamund Pike, Shiloh Fernandez

Tom at the Farm – Premieres 8/14, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Thriller, Xavier Dolan, Caleb Landry Jones

Lambert & StampPremieres 8/18, (same day as DVD), R, Documentary, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey

Little Boy – Premieres 8/18, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Drama, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson

Being Evel – Premieres 8/21, (same day as theatrical release), TV-14, Documentary, Robert ‘Evel’ Knievel

She’s Funny That Way – Premieres 8/21 (same day as theatrical release), R, Comedy, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Will Forte

Digging for Fire – Premieres 8/25, (available on demand & in theaters), TV-14, Drama/Comedy, Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt

Where Hope Grows – Premieres 8/25, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Drama, Brooke Burns, Kris Polaha

Queen of Earth – Premieres 8/26, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Drama/Thriller, Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston

7 Chinese Brothers – Premieres 8/28, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Comedy, Jason Schwartzman, Olympia Dukakis

When Animals Dream – Premieres 8/28, (same day as theatrical release), R, Horror/Sci-Fi, Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen

Z for Zachariah –Premieres 8/28, (same day as theatrical release), PG-13, Sci-Fi, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor

ZipperPremieres 8/28, (same day as theatrical release), R, Drama/Thriller, Lena Headey, Patrick Wilson

*MOD schedule is subject to change. Titles, dates and availability may vary by system. HD and 3D not available in all systems.

Cable is the nation’s powerhouse in delivery of movies via the On Demand platform, representing 36% all paid movie rentals in the U.S., far outpacing satellite, iTunes, Amazon and all others.** Combined, cable, telco and satellite represent 70% of paid movie rentals. Only 30% 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.

NOTES:

*MOD schedule is subject to change. Titles, dates and availability may vary by system. HD and 3D not available in all systems.

**Source, The NPD Group, VideoWatch Digital, 2014

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. Follow us on Twitter.

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