Steve Carell leads the voice cast of the animated blockbuster "Despicable Me 2"; Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the star, writer and director of the comedy "Don Jon," in which he portrays a womanizer addicted to porn; and Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star in the horror-flick sequel "Insidious: Chapter 2." These are among the films that premiere on demand from Dec. 23 to Dec. 29, 2013. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)
Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:
Dec. 24, 2013: "Despicable Me 2" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases; available in 3-D), Rated PG.
"Despicable Me 2" features the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. The movie's voice cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier and Moises Arias.
For more info: "Despicable Me 2" website
Dec. 24, 2013: "Don Jon" (One month before DVD, months before Netflix release), Rated R.
Jon Martello (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (played by Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Gordon-Levitt.
For more info: "Don Jon" website
Dec. 24, 2013: "Insidious: Chapter 2" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
In this horror-movie sequel, the Lambert family continues to be haunted by ghostly demons. Secrets are uncovered from one of the family member's past that explain why the family continues to be haunted. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey and Lin Shaye.
For more info: "Insidious: Chapter 2" website
Dec. 24, 2013: "Mischief Night" (Same day as DVD), Rated TV-MA.
"Mischief Night" tells the story of a terrifying home invasion the night before Halloween. Young Emily Walton (played by Noell Coet), who has suffered from psychosomatic blindness ever since the car accident that took her mother’s life, must summon every instinct at her disposal to protect herself and her loved ones from a mysterious intruder.
For more info: "Mischief Night" website
Dec. 24, 2013: "Open Grave" (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
A man (played by Sharlto Copley) wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that's more vicious — and hungry — than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together – before it's too late.
For more info: "Open Grave" website
Dec. 27, 2013: "You're Next" (Before DVD, Netflix and Redbox release), Rated R.
When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped — until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all. Starring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, A.J. Bowen, Nicholas Tucci and Barbara Crampton.
For more info: "You're Next" website