Great news for PS3 users – you can now discover Crackle movies and TV episodes right inside the PlayStation Store. While the Crackle app will remain as a stand-alone on the XMB, all of the great ad-supported, free, Crackle movies and TV episodes are now directly integrated in the PS Store so you’ll be able to browse and discover them easily. Of course, while you’re browsing, don’t forget to check out the Video Unlimited service and PS Store content including the latest Hollywood blockbusters, often available weeks before DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the latest commercial-free TV episodes, most available the day after they air, as well as other bonus features and exclusive content. Here are this week’s highlights:
Directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke, the epic drama Zero Dark Thirty follows an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty is packed with action throughout this story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man. Own the Sony Entertainment Network Exclusive bonus featurette in stunning HD today!
From iconic comedic director Judd Apatow, This is 40 is an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family. After years of marriage, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. Featuring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks, This Is 40 is a candid and heartwarming comedy about the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age and is available this Friday on the Video Unlimited service. Be the first to watch!
Hugh Jackman, Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway star in this critically-acclaimed adaptation of the epic musical phenomenon, Les Misérables. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe), after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit and “an unforgettable experience” (Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com).
In TV, from Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights and Parenthood), Bates Motel delves into the sadistic and twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be, Norman Bates, and his mother Norma. A prelude to the classic horror film Psycho, the series takes a contemporary glimpse into Norman’s formative years and reveals how he became one of the most infamous murderers of all time. The pilot is available for free for a limited time. Own it today!
There are also lots of movies available to be rented this week, including The Hobbit! 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’s also another great week packed with new releases for the Music Unlimited service and here’s a quick update on what’s new:
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
You would have had to have been asleep the last few months to miss the many ways that Justin Timberlake has been hyping up the release of his first album in nearly seven years. From a GRAMMY® performance to hosting & performing on Saturday Night Live to a not-so-secret show at last week’s SXSW, Timberlake has the spotlight permanently set on him. It might be easy to take someone so rare (singer, dancer, actor & entrepreneur), but he has earned the respect of fans and industry alike. He has managed to stay non-controversial while being at the forefront of the conversation. Even after all this time, his musical direction hasn’t changed much, drawing influence from R&B and soul while taking what he’s learned the last few years and refining it. If for whatever reason you didn’t see it before, your vision (and his) should be clear now.
If You Like: Usher, Chris Brown, Macklemore
Recommended Track: “That Girl”
Walk Off the Earth – R.E.V.O.
After releasing an EP under the same name last year, Walk off the Earth is ready to show the world exactly what they’ve got. The YouTube sensations that brought you the Gotye-on-one-guitar and Taylor Swift covers have been producing their own original content for years and are now able to use their overnight fame to get more of it out to their fans. Known for their live performance prowess, the pure joy of their stage show echoes through each track. After years of independently making the wheels turn, this bigger platform will hopefully highlight the skills of this band’s talented members and establish an identity all their own.
If You Like: Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, Walk the Moon
Recommended Track: “Summer Vibe”
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
Country music may be known as much for their developing artists as the superstars, with artists like Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan hitting arena level before you can blink. Kacey Musgraves is poised to have a similar trajectory, first gaining notoriety from placing 7th on USA’s singing competition show, Nashville Star. She had previously self-released albums before penning an official deal, releasing the single “Merry Go ‘Round,” to a wave of critical acclaim. Produced by industry stalwarts who were at the helm for artists like Kenny Chesney and The Band Perry previously, the single struck a cord with traditional country fans and even pockets of “hipster” critics. Her song, “Undermine,” was also used during an episode of the ABC show Nashville.
If You Like: Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Gillian Welch
Recommended Track: “Blowin’ Smoke”
Other Albums Available This Week (3/19/13)
Soundtrack – Les Miserables [Deluxe Edition]
Soundtrack – The Walking Dead (AMC’s Original Soundtrack – Vol. 1)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter At The Feast
Phosphorescent – Muchacho
Love For Levon – Love For Levon
Anthrax – Anthems
Stornoway – Tales from Terra Firma
The New Amsterdams – Outroduction
Josh Rouse – The Happiness Waltz
The London Suede – Bloodsports
Alice Smith – She
Vanna – The Few and The Far Between
Clutch – Earth Rocker
Low – The Invisible Way
Hadouken! – Every Weekend