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Movies On Demand on Cable Update – February 2015

Movies On Demand on Cable Update – February 2015

The shortest month is jam-packed with a wide variety of entertaining films making their television premieres via Movies on Demand (MOD) on cable, from kids, to action to comedy.

February 2015 is a big month for some great kids’ films from the major studios, anchored by the huge hit, Big Hero 6, an animated comedy adventure about a young robotics prodigy and his friends who solve a big mystery in the town of “San Fransokyo” with the help of his lovable, chubby robot. Another big box office hit is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, based on the popular children’s book about life perspective (gum stuck in hair is one of the horrors) starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. A couple of notable comedies bring laughter to mid-winter. Dumb and Dumber To is a sequel to the original 1994 film, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprising their partnership as the clueless duo. And St. Vincent features the unlikely pairing of Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, who leaves her 12 year old son in the care of the hard drinking and generally incorrigible Murray.

Other important premieres this month include The Theory of Everything, the 2015 Golden Globe-winning (best actor, best score) and SAG award-winning (best actor) story of the incredible life of world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, with Eddie Redmayne’s acclaimed performance in the challenging title role.  Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is already the recipient of numerous awards and nominated for more. Gyllenhaal plays a petty criminal who reinvents himself as a nocturnal cameraman capturing grisly Los Angeles crime scenes. Finally, Keanu Reeves plays ex-hitman John Wick, who comes out of retirement to avenge the deaths of those closest to him. The film gets high marks for elaborate action sequences.

February 2015 Movies On Demand on Cable Major Studio Television Premieres*

The Best of Me – Premieres 2/3, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix), PG-13, Romance, James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan

Dracula Untold – Premieres 2/3, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Action, Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper 

John Wick – Premieres 2/3, (same day as DVD), R, Thriller, Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane

Ouija – Premieres 2/3, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Horror, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Smith

Addicted (Unedited) - Premieres 2/10, (same day as DVD), TV-MA, Drama, Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  – Premieres 2/10, (same day as DVD), PG, Comedy, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner

Nightcrawler - Premieres 2/10, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

Dumb and Dumber To - Premieres 2/17, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Comedy, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels

St. Vincent – Premieres 2/17, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Comedy, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy

The Theory of Everything – Premieres 2/17, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Drama, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

Beyond the Lights - Premieres 2/24, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix), PG-13, Drama, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver

Big Hero 6 - Premieres 2/24, (same day as DVD, available in 3D*), PG, Animated, voices: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter

Horrible Bosses 2 – Premieres 2/24, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix), R, Comedy, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis

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

A wide selection of indies premiere this month, including many that give audiences a first look at new titles before or the same day they premiere in theaters, plus several 2015 award nominees and winners. J.K. Simmons just won both the 2015 Golden Globe and the 2015 SAG awards for supporting actor for his role in Whiplash, the story of an aspiring drummer and his passionate but ruthless teacher, and their mutual drive for perfection. It received a whopping 95% positive critical reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. From the legendary studio that created The Wind Rises, the animated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is called exquisite, gorgeous and breathtaking and received 100% positive critical reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Two interesting directorial debuts this month include Jon Stewart’s much talked about Rosewater and Tommy Lee Jones-directed The Homesman, a western with Hilary Swank playing a resilient pioneer woman. Rosewater is based on the true story of Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari who was arrested and tortured in 2009 while covering Iran’s elections.

MOD viewers can also check out Jennifer Lawrence in her third pairing with Bradley Cooper as heads of a timber empire in Serena, before it comes to theaters. Also noteworthy is the Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg (Crash) with Julianne Moore and John Cusack in a Hollywood tale filled with ghosts and angst.

Indie premieres for February, 2015*:

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby - Premieres 2/3, (same day as DVD), R, Drama, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy

Hector and the Search for Happiness – Premieres 2/3, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix), R, Comedy, Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike

The Homesman – Premieres 2/3, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), R, Western, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep

Home Sweet Hell – Premieres 2/3, (before theatrical release), R, Comedy, Katherine Heigl, Patrick Wilson 

Love, Rosie – Premieres 2/6, (same day as theatrical release), R, Romance, Lily Collins, Sam Claflin

The Voices – Premieres 2/6, (same day as theatrical release), R, Horror, Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick

Accidental Love – Premieres 2/10, (before theatrical release), PG-13, Comedy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel

Kill the Messenger – Premieres 2/10, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama/Crime, Jeremy Renner, Andy Garcia

Rosewater – Premieres 2/10, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama, Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Tracks – Premieres 2/10, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Drama, Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Premieres 2/17, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG, Animated, voices: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Marsden

Whiplash – Premieres 2/24, (same day as DVD), R, Drama, Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons

Serena – Premieres 2/26, (before theatrical release), R, Drama, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper

Maps to the Stars – Premieres 2/27, (same day as theatrical release), R, Thriller, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson

The Salvation – Premieres 2/27, (same day as theatrical release), R, Western, Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green

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 71% of paid movie rentals. Only 29% 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, 1H 2014

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