Out of the Furnace will be out on DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday (March 11th). The movie is about a man who tries to find his missing brother. The film features two of my favorite actors: Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson. And thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving away the Out of the Furnace Blu-ray on my movie blog. To enter, suggest a new name for my movie blog. Note: the sweepstake winner will be randomly selected via random.org.
Out of the Furnace Synopsis
From Scott Cooper, the critically acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and powerful drama about family, fate, circumstance and justice. Russell Baze (Oscar Winner Christian Bale) leads a dead-end life — he works a meaningless steel mill job all day, and cares for his terminally ill father at night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from Iraq, he is lured into one of the Northeast’s most ruthless crime rings and mysteriously disappears. When the police fail to solve the case, Russell puts his life at risk in order to seek justice for his brother. This absorbing film features a knockout cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.
A Very Busy Year for Woody Harrelson
Is it just me, or has Woody Harrelson been very busy lately? He seems to be everywhere. You go to the theater or turn on your TV, and there’s some incarnation of Woody Harrelson staring back at you. Just for fun, 20th Century Fox compiled a list of some of the recent roles that has made this the year of Woody.
Now You See Me
The Year of Woody started out with a whimsical turn for the actor, playing Merritt McKinney, a member of a group of magicians who steal money from the rich to give to the poor, Robin Hood-style. The movie was an unexpected hit with audiences, and a sequel is already said to be in the works.
Harrelson’s next role of the year was more heard than seen, when he provided the voice for macho turkey Jake in the animated film Free Birds. In the movie, Jake teams with fellow turkey Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) to travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving to get his species taken off the menu.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Harrelson reprised his role as Katniss Everdeen’s mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, in the second installment of the Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire. The film was one of the year’s top earning, grossing over $800 million worldwide so far. The series is keeping Harrelson busy as the next two sequels are currently filming, slated for 2014 and 2015 release dates.
Out of the Furnace
After playing the loveable Haymitch in Catching Fire, Harrelson took a MUCH darker turn in his next film as the psychotic Harlan DeGroat in Scott Cooper’s gritty thriller Out of the Furnace. DeGroat is an Appalachian meth-addicted leader of an underground boxing ring. His ruthless actions have a profound and terrifying impact on the lives of every other character in the movie, portrayed by an astounding cast including Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker.
Harrelson ended his year with his first return to television stardom since his iconic run as Woody Boyd in Cheers ended in 1993. And what a series to come back to! The show, which co-stars Oscar-nominee Matthew McConaughey, has received almost universal praise from critics and consistently inspires buzz every Sunday from its fans, who just can’t get enough of the show.
Out of the Furnace Sweepstake
Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my movie blog will win the Out of the Furnace Blu-ray. The deadline to enter the contest is Thursday, March 13th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. To enter, just suggest a new name for my movie blog. The winner will be randomly selected via random.org.
[Disclosure: I did not receive anything for hosting this contest. The giveaway prize will be provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, but they are not the administrators of the giveaway on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]