TRESPASS - Starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman Premieres Today On DemandOctober 13, 2011

TRESPASS - Starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman Premieres Today On Demand

Millennium Entertainment

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: TRESPASS (Millennium Entertainment).

Click Here For On Demand Weekly's Exclusive Interview With Director Joel Schumacher


TRESPASS - Starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman Premieres On Demand
By Chris Claro


This thing we call VOD is a strange beast. Populated mostly with smaller-budget independent films of a particular pedigree, video on demand has, in its relatively brief existence, encouraged the discovery of actors, writers, and directors who fly below the radar. It has offered a space to esoteric documentaries and earnest, star-free features shot in the hinterlands on a shoestring.

But every once in a while, it seems, a real live Hollywood-type movie premieres on VOD. Maybe a distribution deal falls through. Maybe there’s no marketing budget. Or maybe the director and his two Oscar-winning stars have holes in their schedules and villa payments to make.

Whatever the reason, TRESPASS, the new film directed by Joel Schumacher (THE LOST BOYS) and starring Nicolas Cage (LEAVING LAS VEGAS) and Nicole Kidman (THE HOURS) appears to be just such a movie. Released by Millennium, TRESPASS will have a day-and-date premiere “in theaters or order it with your remote,” as the breathless promos bark.


So now there are two venues in which to experience this turgid home-invasion thriller that starts at ridiculous, wends its way toward outlandish, and settles, in its third act, into total presposterousness. Cage plays Kyle Miller, a diamond broker whose go-go career has Kidman, the missus, feeling ignored. Aside from their issues, the couple has to contend with a typically self-obsessed and selfish teenage daughter. When a quartet of sadistic villains violates the Miller sleek sanctuary in pursuit of stones, cash, and maybe a kidney, the contrivances run amok, piling atop one another until they can’t do anything but topple over.


The bad guys, led by a genuinely scary Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), have agendas, and the schematic script by Karl Gadjusek gives each member of the foursome his or her big scene to explain why they’re not really that bad, just misunderstood. Whether one is trying to recover his lost drug dough, regain custody of her daughter, or just express his psychopathic love for the ravishing Mrs. Miller, the crooks are each given paint-by-number colors that Gadjusek fills in dutifully.

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Joel Schumacher Brings His Talents To On DemandOctober 14, 2011

Joel Schumacher Brings His Talents To On Demand

Millennium Entertainment

On Demand Weekly's VOD Spotlight highlights stories from the On Demand industry. Chris Claro interviews director Joel Schumacher about TRESPASS (Millennium Entertainment).). Read our review of the film here.


Joel Schumacher Brings His Talents To On Demand
The director talks with On Demand Weekly’s Chris Claro about his home-invasion thriller, TRESPASS starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman


A Hollywood mainstay for almost forty years, Joel Schumacher’s career has been memorable as much for zeitgeist icons like ST. ELMO’S FIRE and FALLING DOWN as for his notorious entry in the Caped Crusader saga, BATMAN AND ROBIN. Throughout his time as a designer, writer, and director, he’s worked with everybody from Corey Feldman to Colin Farrell to Jim Carrey (twice).

Schumacher is back on both VOD and in theaters with his new thriller, TRESPASS. Starring Nicolas Cage, who Schumacher directed in 8MM, and Nicole Kidman, who worked with the director on BATMAN FOREVER, TRESPASS is a tightly-wound home invasion thriller set almost completely in the sleek waterfront domicile of the Millers.


Though the film is limited to almost a single location, Schumacher was determined to make TRESPASS more than just a filmed play. “It has to be very cinematic,” the director says. “You have to make sure that you’re not shooting it like an action movie, rather than a play. But you never know if it’s going to work.”

This isn’t the first time that Schumacher has backed himself – and his characters – into a tight spot. In 2002, the director made PHONE BOOTH, starring Farrell as a man whose survival depends on his staying on the phone. The similarities between that film and TRESPASS were not lost on Schumacher, who considers each a “concept” movie.

“A guy in a phone booth and voice on the other end says ‘if you hang up, I’ll kill you,’” says Schumacher. “What if four people invade your house and you, your wife, and your daughter are in jeopardy? Both good ideas, but then you wonder ‘what’s going to happen for the next 90 minutes?’”


PHONE BOOTH / Courtesy 20th Century Fox

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Cameron Diaz’s BAD TEACHER & Selena Gomez’s MONTE CARLO - On DemandOctober 17, 2011

Cameron Diaz’s BAD TEACHER & Selena Gomez’s MONTE CARLO - On Demand

Don't know what movie to watch on demand? Let On Demand Weekly help you browse through the New Movies On Demand (MOD) every week.

By Britt Bensen




Movies On Demand Premiering This Week (October 18, 2011)



BAD TEACHER – Premieres October 18

There are two title adjectives that always catch my attention: American and Bad. It's more than just a title (AMERICAN HISTORY X, AMERICAN BEAUTY). It's as if the movie is declaring itself as so iconicly "American" or so "Bad" (in a bad ass kind of way), you need to pay attention. What other titles warn you (or tempt you) with a description as "Bad" can (BAD SANTA and BREAKING BAD)? It plays upon our inquisitive nature to know what we don't or shouldn't know. We never gossip about who behaved properly. We whisper about who got caught doing something against the rules.

And now we have BAD TEACHER. A movie about a rule-breaking, don't give a damn, hottie of a teacher. No one really wants to spend money watching an inferior teacher. But just like we wanted to see how far Billy Bob Thornton would cross the line as a Santa Claus, we are curious as to how mischievous Cameron Diaz will act as a school teacher. Throw a kick ball at a student to prove a point? Sex it up at a car wash? Yup, Cameron's character is just baaad enough to do both while also trying to win a prize so she can pay for breast implants.

BAD TEACHER has its moments, but the best parts are all in the trailer.
Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segal
R/NR, Comedy

Same day as DVD




MONTE CARLO – Premieres October 18

Justin Bieber's girlfriend goes to Paris and Monte Carlo, with a Gossip Girl in tow, and is treated like royalty because she's impersonating one. There is an actual backstory that MONTE CARLO is based on Jules Bass' Headhunters, where adult women (Nicole Kidman was once rumored to be cast) travel to Europe, but the previous sentence about a teenie-bopper starlet got this movie green lit. A recent Grantland column (Why Do Movies Suck? Ask a Guy Who Makes Them) by producer Rick Schwartz (who was rumored to be attached to the Kidman version of MONTE CARLO) makes more sense now.

SKIP IT unless you're a teenage girl who dreams movies like this may come true.
Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester
PG, Comedy

Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix and Redbox





- Britt Bensen

Britt is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of On Demand Weekly. He is the former head of Affiliate Marketing and VOD for Sundance Channel. Prior to Sundance Chanel, Britt worked for Miramax Films and BMI. He also on the Advisory Board of the Palo Alto Intl Film Festival.

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Lionsgate Sneak Peeks Oscar® Nominated ALBERT NOBBS On DemandApril 19, 2012

Lionsgate Sneak Peeks Oscar® Nominated ALBERT NOBBS On Demand


Lionsgate Digital Distribution announced the Pre DVD sneak of three-time Academy Awards® nominated ALBERT NOBBS on demand. The film stars Oscar® nominees Glenn Close and Janet McTeer. The sneak peek is available now, a month ahead of the film’s debut on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download on May 15th.

On Demand Weekly discussed this VOD strategy for ALBERT NOBBS and past Lionsgate films (including RED STATE, EVERYTHING MUST GO and MARGIN CALL) with Thomas Hughes, SVP, Worldwide Digital Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution.

On Demand Weekly (ODW): Why did Lionsgate sneak peek ALBERT NOBBS on demand?

Thomas Hughes (TH): ALBERT NOBBS is a great movie that in limited release theatrically (in just 75 markets) got notoriety from award nominations. This got the attention of our cable / satellite partners. Because of the early window, our partners are willing to promote it in unique ways and give it premium placement.


Thomas Hughes, SVP, Worldwide Digital Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution

ODW: Has Lionsgate sneaked movies on demand before?
We did with ABDUCTION with Taylor Lautner early on December 22, 2011, before the holidays, in a limited release window until January 4, 2012. The DVD did not come out until January 17, 2012.


ABDUCTION (courtesy of Lionsgate)

It was a huge success. We saw an incremental lift over a similar genre movie.

Movies Lionsgate has sneaked before a particular window

RED STATE: Kevin Smith (Pre Theatrical)                                 
MARGIN CALL: Kevin Spacey, Zacahary Quinto (Day & Date)  
EVERYTHING MUST GO: Will Ferrell (Pre DVD)                     
TRESPASS: Nicholas Cage, Nicole Kidman (Day & Date)       
ABDUCTION: Taylor Lautner (Pre DVD)                                      
ALBERT NOBBS: Glenn Close (Pre DVD)                                  


MARGIN CALL (courtesy of Lionsgate)

ODW: How does Lionsgate decide what movies will do well on demand?
It's a little bit of the Wild Wild West. We are willing to experiment. Lionsgate's entrepreneurial spirit allows us to experiment where others may not be able to.

ODW: Does Lionsgate make extras and behind the scenes available on demand as they do on DVD?
In some cases we do. It's not always ready when we go out early and if the platform can take. Not every platform can. The digital partners seem to be well positioned. Everybody is familiar with iTunes extras.

I think you are going to see a movement

where everybody will want to be positioned to offer extras.

ODW: When is the release strategy of a movie determined, before or after production?

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HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN: Nicole Kidman & clive OwenJune 08, 2012

HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN: Nicole Kidman & clive Owen


Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN (HBO).


The Trouble She's Seen

By Jean Tait


Martha Gellhorn was a talented, fascinating woman, more than worthy of a film treatment.  Hemingway, too, although he has already gotten plenty of attention in fact and fiction.  Unfortunately, “Hemingway and Gellhorn” does not give either of them their due for their work or their personalities in this 2 ½ hour biopic.  Instead, we get pretty people in a variety of would-be exotic locales (that look an awful lot like California), drinking and yelling.



The film opens on Nicole Kidman in amazing old age makeup (would that she would let her face age like that), speaking in a raspy voice about how she never really got into sex and was probably a terrible bed partner to the men in her life.  Quite an interesting point of view which is then completely thrown away by the many long scenes of her character having extremely enthusiastic sex with Clive Owen’s animalistic Ernest “Papa” Hemingway.  The inconsistencies continue from there, with Kidman’s accent and tone of voice varying from scene to scene (sometimes from shot to shot within scenes).



The flashbacks, which are the bulk of the narrative, show an awkward meet-cute in a bar, where Hemingway appeals to Gellhorn’s culturally-curious intellect by singing to her in Italian.  A point of view which again is discounted by her apparent difficulty with language when they get to Spain. 

Much time is spent in combat in Spain with Kidman running around looking terrified with no explanation of how she becomes fascinated enough by war to become the finest war correspondent of her time, other than Hemingway telling her to write about her feelings. 


The only times Gellhorn is shown having any gumption is when she hears a baby crying.  Twice during the film she is shown risking her own safety to save a child.  Could gender stereotypes be reinforced a little more??? 


Hemingway is a man of action. 

He drinks, bullies and initiates sex. 


Gellhorn is a woman of maternal feeling.  She is frightened and repressed until Hemingway seduces her.  To be fair, later on in the narrative we see that Hemingway wants her to stay home with him when she wants to go off to another war to write about it, but again, it is never really explained why she is so drawn to telling war stories.

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