Dust off your lightsaber, smooth out your leather vest and twist your hair into two symmetrical buns. Rumors are flying around – some debunked quickly, others allowed to tantalizingly linger – that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will be part of Star Wars VII when it hits theaters in a few years. The odds of an on-screen reunion might be slim, but a wise man once said, “Never tell me the odds.”
All this Han, Luke and Leia talk inspired us to highlight the careers of the three leads from a galaxy far, far away by listing some of our favorite post-Star Wars roles of theirs. Here’s this week’s Top 10:
If there’s ever been a game that defined a genre, it’s Tomb Raider. Putting players in the role of cartoonishly proportioned Lara Croft, a treasure hunter that could give Indiana Jones a run for his money (and then some), the game amassed legions of fans drawn to its mysteries, its complete world of characters and more.
The original game – and Lara Croft herself – became so popular that they’ve both been spun off all over the media world. In addition to the numerous game sequels, the franchise was adapted into a hit feature film starring Angelina Jolie in a well-chosen casting decision.
Now with the release ofTomb Raider, the simply titled reboot of the popular game franchise re-imagines the character of Lara Croft for a new generation, Sony Entertainment Network is turning the spotlight on this great series and character in all its forms.
You can also listen to the score to the movie and the soundtrack to the new game on the Music Unlimited service. And don’t forget to download the new Tomb Raider Bundle, including the game as well as additional outfits, maps and weapons, and start playing today. It’s available now as a Day 1 Digital download on PlayStation Network so dive in and see how this new take on Lara Croft and her adventures stacks up against the original.
We’ve got tons of great television series and hit movies releasing this week on the Video Unlimited service and inside the PlayStation Store!
Playing for Keeps stars Gerard Butler as George, a retired soccer pro whose glory days are behind him. Burnt out on his playboy lifestyle and bankrupted by a string of bad investments, he moves back to Virginia to reconnect with his estranged ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and neglected son (Noah Lomax). Rent Playing for Keeps or own in stunning HD today!
In TV, Vikings | Season 1 debuted by introducing us to the extraordinarily complex and violent world of the Norsemen. This scripted series reveals the gripping sagas of historical hero Ragnar Lothbrok whose mystical nature and devotion to the gods feeds his stealthy maneuvers and determination to become King of the Vikings. Be one of the first to own your copy of the pilot in stunning HD available on the Video Unlimited service.
Grimm | Season 2 returns from its midseason hiatus this Friday where the search will intensify for the key as Captain Renard finds Nick’s trailer and makes a surprising alliance. With Rosalee’s help, Monroe informs Nick that they might be able to stop what’s going on with Renard and Juliette before it goes too far. Catch up on Season 2 by visiting the Video Unlimited service and be prepared for the final episodes of this exciting classic fairy tale drama.
There are also lots of movies available to be rented this week, including Wreck-It Ralph! Visit the video store on your Sony Entertainment Network compatible devices, or simply visit the Sony Entertainment Network web store, to see all the hot new releases in movies and TV.
After scoring big at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and elsewhere on the awards circuit, Argo gets the biggest honor of all: topping this week’s list of the most popular movies on the Video Unlimited service. This week’s top five is a mix of genres, from the horror of Sinister to the stylish spycraft of Skyfall to the guerilla warfare of Red Dawn to the comedic MMA of Here Comes the Boom.
See below for the week’s complete list below and let us which movies are on your “must see” list for this weekend.
Did Oscar Sunday get you excited for more cinematic excellence? The Video Unlimited service has tons of hot new movies releasing today!
The Twilight Saga continues with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 available to rent and own at midnight on Friday. Be one of the first to watch the fifth and final chapter of The Twilight Saga, where the birth of Bella and Edward’s child ignites forces that threaten to destroy them all. The Cullens must enlist the help of distant friends and former enemies, including Jacob’s wolf pack, as tensions build toward all-out war in the thrilling conclusion to the epic phenomenon.
Next we make our way to a film that received multiple Academy Award nominations, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master releases today to own in stunning HD or to rent at a low price of $3.99. Watch the star-studded cast of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix bring to life the story of drifter Freddie Quell, a WW-II veteran who crosses paths with a mysterious movement led by The Master (Hoffman) and his wife (Adams).
Dreamworks Animation’s newest adventure, Rise of the Guardians, debuts to own before its DVD and Blu-ray release. This film captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with a fun-filled and magical story about the legendary Guardians – Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman – joining together for the first time. Filled with non-stop action and laughs, it’s a dazzling family picture that was hailed as “an instant classic. You will believe.” (Nancy Jay, Daybreak USA)
Our Indie favorite of the week is the spell-binding, heart racing Holy Motors available to rent for $3.99. Starring Eva Mendes, Denis Lavant and Kylie Minogue, this melding of monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller and anime proves to be a mirthful, mind-bending masterwork of a ravishing fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again.
In TV, Psych | Season 7 returns this Friday as stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a police consultant, and Dulé Hill, Shawn’s best friend and reluctant accomplice, solve crimes with powers of observation so acute that the police think Shawn is psychic.
There are also lots of movies available to be rented this week, including Red Dawn. Visit the video store on your Sony Entertainment Network compatible devices, or simply visit the Sony Entertainment Network web store, to see all the hot new releases in movies and TV.
It was a star-studded, Seth MacFarlane-filled evening at last night’s 85th Annual Academy Awards.
As always, there were a few surprise winners. Christoph Waltz shocked the audience by winning his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained, besting favored nominees Robert DeNiro in Silver Linings Playbook and Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln. 22-year old Jennifer Lawrence was so overwhelmed to receive her first Oscar that she tripped coming up to the podium to accept her award for Best Leading Actress for playing a troubled widow in Silver Linings Playbook. In a stacked field, Ang Lee took home Oscar gold for his direction in the iconic The Life of Pi.
This year’s awards also included some amazing musical performances. Similar to the 007 Collection currently available on the Video Unlimited service, the Academy Awards took time to honor 50 years of James Bond including a special tribute and montage of some of the best Bond moments in history. Singer Shirley Bassey performed her iconic theme song for Goldfinger and Adele performed the newest Bond anthem “Skyfall” later in the evening.
Inspired by the recent musical sensation Les Misérables, last night’s Academy Awards paid tribute to hit musical films. Catherine Zeta Jones performed “All that Jazz” from the Oscar winning film Chicago, one of a few shout-outs this decade-old film received, followed by Jennifer Hudson’s performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. The segment closed with the entire cast of Les Misérables, including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, performing the song “One Day More,” one of the most moving numbers from the film.
In the end, the prize of the night – Best Picture – went to Argo, the story of a CIA mission to rescue diplomats in Iran. The award was accepted by Producers Grant Heslov, George Clooney, and a tearful Ben Affleck who last received an Academy Award as the writer and creator of the movie, Good Will Hunting.
The full list of winners is below. And you can find many of the 2013 nominees on the Video Unlimited service here.
Best Picture: “Argo” Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook” Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained” Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables” Animated Feature: “Brave” Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi” Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina” Director: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man” Documentary Short: “Inocente” Film Editing: William Goldenberg, “Argo” Foreign Language Film: “Amour,” Austria Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Misérables” Original Score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi” Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth Production Design: “Lincoln” Animated Short: “Paperman” Live Action Short: “Curfew” Sound Editing: “Skyfall” & “Zero Dark Thirty” Sound Mixing: “Les Misérables” Visual Effects: “Life of Pi” Adapted Screenplay: “Argo,” Chris Terrio Original Screenplay: “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino
This Sunday night the stars will gather to celebrate the best and brightest in the film industry for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Dresses will be closely analyzed, speeches will be cut short by music and artists will be recognized for excellence in film at one of the most prominent motion picture award ceremonies in the world.
To get you ready for Sunday night’s broadcast we’re focusing this week on the top performing Oscar-nominated movies of the last 10 years currently available on the Video Unlimited service. Here’s the countdown:
Do you have a fever for more Oscar nominated films? Check out our Oscar Favorites Sale on the Video Unlimited service to view previously nominated and award winning movies. Find something great to watch as you get your scorecard and appetizers ready.
The Internship: We’re as excited as anyone to see Vaughn and Wilson team up again, so while some of the gags here seem a bit overdone (they can’t be this culturally clueless, can they?), the charm between the co-stars redeems things.