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The week ahead: 'Draft Day,' 'Blended,' 'Starred Up,' 'Life of Crime' and more

Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner star as co-workers and lovers who work for the Cleveland Browns in the sports drama "Draft Day." Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore headline the romantic comedy "Blended." Jack O'Connell plays a teenager transferred to an adult prison in the drama "Starred Up." Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes get involved in a kidnapping plot gone awry in the comedy "Life of Crime." Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Aug. 25 to Aug. 31, 2014. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)

"Draft Day"
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Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:

Aug. 26, 2014: “Draft Day” (Before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (played by Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Also starring Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Sean Combs, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Welling, Ellen Burstyn and Frank Langella.

For more info: "Draft Day" website

Aug. 26, 2014: “Blended” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.

After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (played by Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. Also starring Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Lowe,Terry Crews, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann and Alyvia Alyn Lynd, Kyle Red Silverstein and Braxton Beckham.

For more info: "Blended" website

Aug. 26, 2014: “Starred Up” (Three days before theatrical release)

Starring Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend, “Starred Up” focuses on 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, who is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist, who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him.

For more info: "Starred Up" website

Aug. 26, 2014: "The Possession of Michael King" (Same day as DVD release)

Michael King (played by Shane Johnson) doesn’t believe in God or the devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment, allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him, in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. Also starring Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana and Julie McNiven.

For more info: "The Possession of Michael King" website

Aug. 26, 2014: "American Cheerleader"

Set in the competitive world of cheerleading, the documentary "American Cheerleader" follows the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship. Overcoming challenges through discipline, dedication and teamwork, twelve girls from New Jersey and twelve girls from Kentucky redefine what it means to be an American cheerleader.

For more info: "American Cheerleader" website

Aug. 26, 2014: "Here Comes the Night"

Leo and Nick, college friends now estranged, meet again after the funeral of their friend James. Seemingly polar opposites, straight-laced East-coast family man Leo and flaky would-be Hollywood movie producer Nick embark on a series of outrageous nocturnal adventures. With a knowing nod to the worst of L.A. stereotypes, Nick pulls Leo along on what becomes an homage to debauchery. Starring Ben Duhl, Kurt Haas and Michelle Gillette.

For more info: "Here Comes the Night" website

Aug. 28, 2014: "The Two Faces of January" (Before theatrical release)

Written and directed by Hossein Amini, and based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, "The Two Faces of January" centers on a wealthy American couple (played by Viggo Mortensen) and (played by Kirsten Dunst) on a tour of Greece in the 1960s. There, they meet a con artist (played by Oscar Isaac) who becomes entranced with the couple’s wealth and beauty. A sudden accident puts all three in danger as they set off through Greece as the trio’s allegiance is put to the test.

For more info: "The Two Faces of January" website

Aug. 29, 2014: “Life of Crime” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

Ordell and Louis are criminals with a grand plan: to snatch the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and collect some easy ransom money. But what they haven’t figured on is that the husband has a secret mistress and has absolutely no desire to get his wife back. So, it’s time for Plan B, and with the help of one seriously ticked-off housewife, they are going to take the scumbag for everything he’s got… "Life of Crime" features an all-star cast, including Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (also known as rapper Mos Def), Isla Fisher and Will Forte.

For more info: "Life of Crime" website

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