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Movies On Demand on Cable Update – March 2016

March comes in like a lion with Movies On Demand! From huge box office hits and fabulous kids films, to comedy duos, critical darlings and creative indie discoveries, a wide selection of titles are making their television premieres via Movies on Demand (MOD) on cable.

The cornerstone of the month is the fourth and final episode of the blockbuster adventure series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, again starring Jennifer Lawrence as the feisty and fearless heroine.

TWO GREAT KIDS FILMS

Two of the hottest recent releases for kids premiere on MOD in March. The Peanuts Movie delivers good ol’ Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang in this brand-new feature film from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz. And Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is a road trip to Miami with chipmunks on a mission, to stop Dave from proposing to his new girlfriend who has a really annoying son.

COMEDIC PAIRS

A pair of comedy films showcases two buddy films, with some of this generation’s most beloved comedy stars. In Sisters, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler star in the hysterical unrated version about two sisters who return to their family home and throw one final high school-style party. In Daddy’s Home, Will Ferrell plays a well-meaning and nerdy stepfather to his wife’s two children, who has to deal with the sudden intrusion of her macho ex-husband, Mark Wahlberg.

AWARDS & CRITICAL ACCLAIM

MOD features several titles that have stormed the Awards Circuit this season.

In The Big Short, four outsiders foresee the 2008 collapse of the U.S. housing market and economy, an inevitability missed by the big banks, media and government, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Sylvester Stallone gets great notices for a spin-off of the Rocky franchise in Creed, the story of Apollo Creed’s son. The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s grisly Civil War-era story of a bounty-hunter (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive in custody (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in the wintry Wild West, features an ensemble of great actors, also including Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern and Channing Tatum.

In Brooklyn, Saoirse Ronan is transcendent as a timid young Irish immigrant in the 1950s, becoming stronger as she navigates her new country and builds a life for herself. In The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star in a remarkable love story inspired by the true events, of an artist who embarks on a ground-breaking journey as a transgender pioneer in 1920s Denmark and Paris.

And in Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star as two women in the 1950s from different backgrounds who find themselves in a life-changing love affair.

 

March 2016 Movies on Demand on Cable Major Studio Premieres*:

 Creed – Premieres 3/1, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Sports/Drama, Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone

The Night Before with Cast Gag Reel – Premieres 3/1, (same day as DVD), TV-MA, Comedy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen

The Danish Girl – Premieres 3/1, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama/Romance, Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

The Peanuts Movie – Premieres 3/8, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), G, Family, Rebecca Bloom, Noah Schnapp

In the Heart of the Sea – Premieres 3/8, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Drama, Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker

The Big Short – Premieres 3/15, (same day as DVD), R, Drama/Comedy, Christian Bale, Steve Carell

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip - Premieres 3/15, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG, Family, Jason Lee, Justin Long

Sisters (Unrated) – Premieres 3/15, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), TV-MA, Comedy, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

Brooklyn – Premieres 3/15, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Drama, Saoirse Ronan, Hugh Gormley, Jim Broadbent

Carol – Premieres 3/15, (same day as DVD), R, Drama, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 – Premieres 3/22, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Action/Adventure, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

Daddy’s Home – Premieres 3/22, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Comedy/Family, Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg

Point Break – Premieres 3/29, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Action, Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey

The Hateful Eight – Premieres 3/29, (same day as DVD), R, Action/Thriller, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell

 Concussion with Bonus Featurette – Premieres 3/29, (same day as DVD), TV-14, Biography/Drama, Will Smith, Alec Baldwin

 

Indie premieres on MOD for March 2016* (just a selection):

Viewers will find a wide variety of indie premieres in March, including a host of titles highly regarded and recognized on the film festival circuit.

Notable is the “claymation” Anomalisa, called a “masterpiece” by Rolling Stone. Winning a whopping 30 film festival awards, it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and received 91% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It is the story of a man who struggles to connect with other people; voiced by the nominated Jennifer Jason Leigh and David Thewlis.

We Come As Friends, a provocative documentary about war-torn South Sudan and the vast disparities between the local citizens, the brutal politicians, Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers and American evangelists. It won the Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and got 96% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Also boasting 92% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and several prestigious Film Festival wins is James White, with Cynthia Nixon and Christopher Abbott, who play mother and son coming to terms with the fragility of life and their deep and complex relationship.

Legend is a classic crime thriller starring Tom Hardy (Band of Brothers) in a dual role playing two notorious London gangsters in the 1960s.

Finally, Macbeth is a new interpretation of William Shakespeare’s 1605 classic set in Scotland, featuring celebrated performances from Michael Fassbender with Marion Cotillard as the conniving Lady Macbeth. Double, double, toil and trouble!

 

Indie Premieres

Legend – Premieres 3/1, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama/ Action, Tom Hardy, Emily Browning

Miss You Already – Premieres 3/1, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Comedy/Drama, Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette

Ratter – Premieres 3/1, (same day as DVD), R, Drama/Thriller, John Anderson, Ashley Benson

We Come As Friends – Premieres 3/1, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), TV-14, Documentary, Hubert Sauper

Macbeth – Premieres 3/8, (same day as DVD), R, Drama/War, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard

Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 – Premieres 3/8, (same day as DVD), TV-MA, Comedy, Devon Sawa, Ben Schnetzer

Of Mind And Music – Premieres 3/10, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Drama, Joaquim De Almeida, Aunjanue Ellis

Hyena Road – Premieres 3/11, (same day as theatrical release, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama/War, Rossif Sutherland, Paul Gross

About Scout – Premieres 3/11, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), TV-14, Family/Drama, India Ennenga, Nikki Reed

Barney Thomson – Premieres 3/11, (same day as theatrical release, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), TV-MA, Comedy/Drama, Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson

The Preppie Connection – Premieres 3/18, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Drama, Thomas Mann, Lucy Fry

The Program – Premieres 3/18, (same day as theatrical release, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), TV-MA, Biography/Sports, Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd

The Confirmation – Premieres 3/18, (same day as theatrical release, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Comedy/Drama, Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher

James White – Premieres 3/22, (same day as DVD), R, Drama, Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon

Kill Your Friends – Premieres 3/22, (same day as theatrical release, weeks before Netflix), TV-MA, Comedy/Drama, Nicholas Hoult, James Corden

Get a Job – Premieres 3/25, (same day as theatrical release, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Comedy/Romance, Miles Teller, Bryan Cranston

Fastball – Premieres 3/25, (same day as theatrical release, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), TV-14, Documentary/Sports, Kevin Costner, Derek Jeter

Exposed – Premieres 3/29, (same day as DVD), R, Drama/Thriller, Keanu Reeves, Mira Sorvino

Anomalisa – Premieres 3/29, (weeks before DVD, Netflix), R, Drama, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis 

Born To Be Blue – Premieres 3/31, (same day as theatrical release), TV-MA, Drama, Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo

 

 

*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 a convenient way to rent the newest movies plus a wealth of library titles 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

 

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