Movies On Demand on Cable Update – March 2015
Movies On Demand on Cable Update – March 2015
From beginning to end, March 2015 is filled with critically-acclaimed, award-winning and audience-pleasing films from the major studios, making their television premieres via Movies on Demand (MOD) on cable. From futuristic epic adventures, to life-affirming musicals, to heartbreaking true stories, March is jam-packed.
Adventure, Fantasy & Sci-Fi:
Box office juggernaut, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, is the cornerstone of the month, with Jennifer Lawrence returning as the feisty Katniss Everdeen. Another huge hit is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which ends director Peter Jackson’s second Middle-earth trilogy in epic cinematic style. With earth no longer sustainable, Matthew McConaughey leads a team of Interstellar explorers out of our galaxy to find a new home for mankind, a film that just won the award for Best Visual Effects.
Meryl Streep plays the fabled witch in Into the Woods, the film version of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway fairy tale mashup from director Rob Marshall (Chicago), with Johnny Depp (who else?) as Little Red Riding Hood’s wolf. But there’s another musical stage to screen transfer on the agenda this month. Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) is certain that the sun will come out tomorrow as the title character in Annie, an updated version of the classic musical, with Jamie Foxx playing her tycoon savior.
Ripped From the Headlines:
Unbroken is Angelina Jolie’s directorial take on the almost impossibly true story of World War II hero and Olympian Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) about bravery, resilience and an indomitable human spirit. The Imitation Game, which just won Best Adapted Screenplay, is based on the true story of another WWII hero, Alan Turing, who cracked the supposedly unbreakable German “Enigma” code and helped to shorten the war. In the critically-acclaimed Foxcatcher, Steve Carell plays against type in the true story of the wealthy and eccentric John du Pont, and his obsession with building a wrestling empire. With Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave.
March 2015 Movies On Demand on Cable Major Studio Television Premieres*
Foxcatcher – Premieres 3/3, (same day as DVD), R, Drama, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Premieres 3/6, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Action, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
Annie – Premieres 3/17, (same day as DVD), PG, Family, Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz
Top Five – Premieres 3/17, (same day as DVD), R, Comedy, Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Premieres 3/24, (same day as DVD, available in 3D*), PG-13, Adventure, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan
Into the Woods – Premieres 3/24, (same day as DVD), PG, Musical, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt
Unbroken – Premieres 3/24, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Drama, Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson
The Imitation Game – Premieres 3/31, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Drama, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley
Interstellar – Premieres 3/31, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Sci-Fi, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
March 2015 Independent Studio & Other Titles of Note (just a selection)
A wide selection of indies premiere on cable this month, including many before or same day as their theatrical release. Highlights include Inherent Vice, the first film adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, from director Paul Thomas Anderson, a noir-ish story with a parade of counterculture characters involved in kidnapping, psychedelia and mystery. Song of the Sea, an acclaimed animated tale, received 98% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics calling it “enchanting,” “transcendent,” and an “impressive feat of animation.”
Indie premieres for March, 2015*:
The Last of Robin Hood – Premieres 3/3, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama, Dakota Fanning, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon
Son of a Gun – Premieres 3/3, (days before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), R, Action, Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites
Faults – Premieres 3/6, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Thriller, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jon Gries
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken – Premieres 3/6, (same day as theatrical release), R, Action, Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington
Cymbeline – Premieres 3/13, (same day as theatrical release), R, Drama, Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris
The Cobbler – Premieres 3/13, (same day as theatrical release), PG-13, Comedy, Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman
Inherent Vice – Premieres 3/17, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama, Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro
Song of the Sea – Premieres 3/17, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG, Animated, voices: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan
Tracers – Premieres 3/20, (same day as theatrical release), PG-13, Action, Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos
Two Days, One Night – Premieres 3/24, (before DVD release), PG-13, Drama, Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione
It Follows – Premieres 3/27, (same day as theatrical release), R, Horror, Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchris
The Riot Club – Premieres 3/27, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Thriller, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer
Welcome to New York – Premieres 3/27, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Drama, Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset
IMAX Island of Lemurs: Madagascar – Premieres 3/31, (same day as DVD, available in 3D*), G, Documentary, narrated by: Morgan Freeman
Playing It Cool – Premieres 3/31, (before theatrical release), R, Comedy, Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Aubrey Plaza, Topher Grace
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.
*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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