While you’re out and about today make sure you pick up your copy of “Playing for Keeps,” which is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.
The film stars Gerard Butler as a down-on-his luck Dad who moves to be near his son and to reignite the flame with his ex wife, Stacie (Biel), but she has moved on. Despite receiving overwhelmingly “negative” reviews, the film is harmless. It’s fun, you’ll laugh, you probably will not cry but still.. It’s really a great movie and if you’re in the mood for a lighthearted film then you’re in luck.
If you don’t feel like leaving your house but still want to check out the film, no worries! You can purchase / rent it online using Amazon or iTunes. Click the preview below to head to the Amazon store to make your purchase.
Contrary to my previous post, it looks like “Playing for Keeps” will be released on March 5th and not March 12th. I wonder what caused them to change the release date by one week, maybe to try and spare the Biel fans from buying two movies at once? Who knows, either way, I’m excited.
According to the HD room, the Blu-Ray will come with some bonus features including a deleted scene titled “Stacie Lectures George,” doesn’t leave much to the imagination one what the scene is about, but it’ll be great to see. Along with the deleted scenes we’ll also get an inside peek on the making of the film and also how they got this all-star cast.
No word on the official artwork yet, but one can assume it’ll be the theatrical poster.
While “Playing for Keeps” wasn’t met with great success here in the US, that doesn’t mean the film isn’t doing well overseas!
The film has opened at number 1 in the Italian box office! It screened on 435 screens pulling in a total of $2.1 on it’s opening weekend. This is a well deserved win for the movie as it had bad luck here stateside. It’s unfortunate to as it was a really fun film. You can read the full article below;
After bombing at the U.S. box office, Italo helmer Gabriele Muccino’s soccer romcom “Playing for Keeps” has scored in Italy, pulling $2.6 million in its opening frame and helping to kick off 2013 nicely for local helmers, who lost a roughly 10% market share last year.
The Gerard Butler starrer, released wide in Italian cinemas by Medusa on 435 screens and scoring the numero uno slot, is being dubbed “Muccino’s revenge” by the Italo press. Muccino has said in local interviews that the release strategy for “Playing” in the U.S. was flawed because pic’s core femme aud was too busy Christmas shopping when it bowed.
Stateside, “Playing” has pulled $13 million to date after its flop $6 million opening over the Dec. 7 weekend via FilmDistrict.
Muccino’s Italo boost follows the strong local bow of helmer Giuseppe Tornatore’s English-language artworld mystery, “The Best Offer,” starring Geoffrey Rush. It has pulled a solid $6.7 million locally in two frames via Warner Bros., and is currently ensconced in the No. 2 Italo slot.
“The year has started out well,” said Riccardo Tozzi, prexy of Italo motion picture org Anica at its annual presser on Tuesday about local box office data. “The only way for the Italian market to grow is if local movies click. It’s crucial, and that is what we are working on.”
According to Anica data Italo B.O. grosses were down 8% to $811 million in 2012, with Hollywood accounting for 53% of the pie.
Meanwhile the market share for Italo films plunged by more than 10% to 25% of the country’s total intake.
Italy’s top distributor in 2012 was Warner Bros. with $180 million for a 22% share of total Italo grosses.
Also, “Playing for Keeps” will be released on Blu-Ray on March 12th, 2013! This happens to be the same day as “Hitchcock.” What a great day in Biel history tbh!
Unfortunately ’Playing for Keeps‘ opened with a lot less than we had hoped, a mere $6 million for it’s weekend total. While critics haven’t been giving the film itself much praise (if any), Jesse has had notiable mentions in several reviews, including Roger Ebert;
“Jessica Biel all but steals the show… Stacie is the one character who doesn’t seem largely on autopilot and manages to leave room for doubt in a film without much room for that.”
And it’s true! Stacie was the only character who you really felt connected to. She was funny and caring, but when she was upset, you really felt for her. I’d like to congratulate Jesse on such a wonderful performance, I can sincerely say she stole the show.
As for ‘Hitchcock,‘ it’s theater count increased 47% this weekend, and as did it’s box office intake. This is a great feat for such a small film, and by the looks of it we might see an even wider distribution next week. As of now, ‘Hitchcock‘ as made a total of $1,674,000.
I was lucky enough to see both ‘Playing for Keeps‘ and ‘Hitchcock‘ this weekend, and I gotta say a Biel double feature was awesome. I can’t lie and say I was super stoked for ‘Playing for Keeps,’ but I honestly enjoyed the film from start to finish. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t flawed or that some of the reviews (misogynistic at times) weren’t correct, but it is not a bad movie in any sense of the word. If you like a fun, light hearted movies then I suggest you see ’Playing for Keeps.’
Here’s to hoping the positive fan reviews increase it’s box office over the next week!
Jesse’s family comedy ‘Playing for Keeps‘ officially hits theaters in the US today!
The film, which stars Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Uma Thurman follows George Dryer (Butler) while he’s trying to get his life back on track. The only issue is he’s having women throw themselves at him while trying to become a one-woman type of guy.
While the reviews have been less than favorable, I’m hoping that all of us Jess fans make our way to the theater this weekend to support her and the film, click the image below to reserve your tickets on Fandango!