Today, The Hunger Games returns to Video Unlimited! Jennifer Lawrence stole our hearts at this week’s 2014 Oscars® by falling down (again), scarfing down a slice of pizza and reminding us awkwardly charming she really is.
In this week’s Staff Pick, we can’t wait to see her take up the role of Katniss Everdeen once again in the much-anticipated second installment of the Hunger Games series: Catching Fire. Returning with Katniss for another adventure is the rest of the love triangle: Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), her Hunger Games partner in crime.
In this second installment, Katniss and Peeta are forced to return to an aquatic arena and face an all-star tournament of previous winners in the 74th Hunger Games. As time runs out, will they have what it takes to survive?
Before you watch the film, get your blood pumping by listening to the Original Motion Picture soundtrack, featuring tracks by Lorde, Coldplay and The National.
Tagged: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Transformers: Age of Extinction: Mark Wahlberg goes scrap-hunting but accidentally reawakens Optimus Prime, leading to yet another showdown between the Autobots and the Decepticons, this time with some Dinobot action thrown in for good measure.
Watch more big robots here: Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers, Dark of the Moon
Action and drama and crime! Oh my! It’s been a busy week for the Video Unlimited service. A newly-released Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hunger Games rental for 99¢ and the crime-thriller The Bag Man. Don’t forget the special Oscars promotion that gives you $5 in wallet cash back for every $20 you spend. See all the details below in today’s New Release Recap!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Releasing this Friday, with a bow in hand, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), returns after winning the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss and her fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of the 12 Districts only to discover that they aren’t yet out of harm’s way.
Face off against a rotating series of hired assassins, all out for the bounty Black Mask has placed on The Dark Knight’s head in Batman: Arkham Origins, one half of the Batman Bundle available now for a limited time at one low price. The third of three Arkham-themed games and featuring a story that takes place before both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, play as a younger Batman who, despite his lack of experience, still has a wonderful array of gadgets. Use the Remote Claw to tie two targets together or the shock Gloves to electrify your attacks when they’re fully charged. Even with these new powers, can the Dark Knight defeat his enemies and save Gotham City?
Hurry, because this Dark Knight doubleheader is only available from February 25th through March 11th!
Tagged: arkham asylum, arkham city, arkham origins, Batman
It was a night for upsets, surprises and selfies at last night’s 86th Annual Academy Awards. With so many amazing and critically-acclaimed movies to choose from, which ones won and which ones walked away empty-handed? We’re glad you asked.
Gravity took home the most statues at the end of the night, seven in all, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón and a half-dozen other awards, mostly in technical categories like Best Cinematography or Best Film Editing. 12 Years a Slave came in second with three wins, in the traditionally prestigious categories, including the biggie: Best Picture. Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress for her breathtaking work in that drama. Likewise Dallas Buyer’s Club took home three trophies, including wins for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, which went to Matthew McConaughey and his co-star Jared Leto. The major awards were rounded by Cate Blanchett’s win for her outstanding performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
12 Years A Slave’s third win came for Best Adapted Screenplay, while one of the year’s most original movies, Her, won – appropriately – the Best Original Screenplay award.
On the musical side, one of Gravity‘s seven awards was for Best Original Score courtesy of composer Steven Price. And the mega-smash hit “Let It Go” from Frozen beat out all contenders to take home Best Original Song. The ceremony was also filled with great performances of those nominated songs, as U2 did a stripped-down version of “Ordinary Love,” Idina Menzel gave a show-stopping rendition of “Let It Go,” Pharrell Williams revved up “Happy” by wading into the crowd to get stars dancing, and Karen O and Ezra Koenig slowed things down a bit with “The Moon Song” from Her.
Don’t forget – you can listen to the nominated songs and other music from this year’s award-winning movies in the Oscar Nominations 2014 playlist on the Music Unlimited service.
View all the winners and the rest of the nominees here. Haven’t seen all of them? That’s alright, they’ll be coming to the Video Unlimited service so you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home.
Tagged: Oscars 2014
Put on your best threads and find a comfy spot on your sofa because the Oscars® are coming! That’s right, this Sunday (4pm PT/7pm ET) on ABC all eyes will be on Los Angeles to see what their favorite stars will be sporting on the red carpet, what films will dominate and which actors and actresses will walk away with all the hardware. To get you ready for the biggest night in movies, we’re calling out 10 of the nominated actors and actresses based on their star power and industry résumé.
Take a look at the list below and tell us who you think has the best chance to win. Also, don’t forget you can earn a $5 credit for every $20 spent on past and current Oscars® nominated films here.
- Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) – Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Sandra Bullock (Gravity) – Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) – Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) – Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) – Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) – Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) – Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Christian Bale (American Hustle) – Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) – Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) – Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Godzilla: “You’re not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster. You’re lying! It was not an earthquake, it wasn’t a typhoon because what’s really happening is you’re hiding something out there!”
Watch more mass destruction by a giant, walking lizard: Godzilla (1998), Cloverfield
It’s a busy week for the Video Unlimited service! A Batman Bundle, Academy-Award winner Departed for 99 cents and even a special Oscars promotion that gives you $5 in Wallet Cash back for every $20 you spend! Get all the details in this week’s New Release Recap.
Homefront: Based on the Chuck Logon novel of the same name and adapted for the big screen by the one and only Sylvester Stallone, this film promises to be gripping, action packed and heart wrenching all in one.
Beginning today and running through March 11th we’ve got something very special for fans of a certain Caped Crusader: A double dose of their favorite vigilate. For a limited time grab the Batman: The Dark Knight Bundle, including Batman: Arkham Origins for the PS3 and The Dark Knight Returns: Deluxe Edition, which brings a classic comic story to animated life.
In Batman: Arkham Origins experience the younger, hotheaded Batman as he defends himself against assassins hired by the Black Mask. In this prequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, you’ll face the Joker for the very first time, along with a load of other supervillains. There are enhanced gaming features too! Disable the Penguin’s arms caches, recover hidden datapacks from Riddler’s data and hunt down bombs left by Anarky.
Meanwhile in The Dark Knight Returns, sit back and watch as Bruce Wayne brings Batman out of retirement to take on a new menace threatening Gotham City. Years after hanging up the cape and cowl and with the world on the brink of war the city once again needs its Dark Knight. But will an older – but no less determined – Batman be able to stop The Joker, gangs of vicious mutants and the other threats?
Get the game and the movie now for one low price and enjoy today!
Tagged: arkham origins, Batman, the dark knight returns
A new kind of hero and top spot holder has emerged! Young Ender Wiggin was able to lead the International Military to victory against an alien race known as the Formics while allowing Ender’s Game to rocket to this week’s most popular movie on the Video Unlimited service.
Coming in at number two and continuing the theme of man versus a foreign being, this time from the sea, is Pacific Rim. Orbiting the top five was Oscar Best Picture nominee Gravity, starring Hollywood’s seasoned vets Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Check out the latest #VUTop10 in its entirety below and be sure to tell us what you plan to watch this weekend in the comments section:
- Captain Phillips
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Extended)
- Last Vegas (2013)
- Gravity (plus Bonus Features)
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
- Thor: The Dark World
- Escape Plan
- Pacific Rim
- Ender’s Game