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Monday, August 26, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #47: Horse Trading, "The Undefeated" (1969) (video)




John Wayne is an ex-Union officer who's gone into the horse business.

Ben Johnson, another Civil War veteran, is his partner.

When two slick U.S. Army buyers try to cheat them out of ten dollars a head...

...Duke shows them what horse trading's all about.


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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Joan Crawford Meets The Three Stooges ("Dancing Lady", 1933) (video)




Joan is an aspiring dancer in this backstage musical.
Larry plays piano. Ted Healy is a producer's assistant.
Moe and Larry are stagehands.

Clark Gable's character interacts with Healy, but not his stooges.

Larry seems to be the best actor of the Stooges...
...with the biggest role and most lines.

Moe and Curly perform their usual slapstick, mostly as a duo.


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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "There's A Spring In Your Seat!" (video)




The third Stooge unknowingly gets a spring from a couch caught on his behind.

The end of the spring gets caught on something else, causing the third Stooge...

...to get repeatedly pulled back into it as he tries to move forward.

Hilarity ensues!



HOI POLLOI (1935)
THREE LITTLE SEW AND SEWS (1939)
AN ACHE IN EVERY STAKE (1941)
HUGS AND MUGS (1950)
HAVE ROCKET -- WILL TRAVEL (1959)


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Friday, August 23, 2019

FIRST LOOK: Solstice Studios' "UNHINGED" starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius




"UNHINGED"

Starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius

Directed by Derrick Borte (American Dreamer)



Synopsis: This psychological thriller takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of Rachel (Pistorius), a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy (Crowe). Road rage doesn't begin to describe what he is about to do to her and everyone she knows.

Director Derrick Borte said: "The mark of a great film is one that both entertains and sparks conversation.  I believe, in a very terrifying way, Unhinged does exactly that."

Written by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye)
Starring Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius
Co-starring Gabriel Bateman and Jimmi Simpson
Produced by Lisa Ellzey (Warrior, Kingdom of Heaven)



About Unhinged
Production on the film wraps on Sunday in New Orleans.  This film marks Solstice Studios’ first production since launching last October.  Solstice is targeting a third quarter 2020 wide U.S. theatrical release.

About Solstice Studios

Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles which develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis.  Solstice plans to produce 3-5 movies per year for a global audience—generally in the $20-80M budget range.  It also plans to co-finance or acquire another 2-3 films per year for wide US distribution.  The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.

The Solstice team has a $5 billion production track record and is expected to grow to 65 people in its first year. The company’s founders are: President & CEO Mark Gill, Production Heads Andrew Gunn and Guy Botham, and Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese. The senior team also includes Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau; Business & Legal Affairs Head Karen Barna, and Chief Financial Officer Shaun Williams.

Photo Credit: Skip Bolden

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Joan Crawford In Pre-Code Striptease Scene ("Dancing Lady", 1933) (video)




Joan plays a hoofer who wants to make it in showbiz...

...but her talent is currently confined to the burlesque stage.

And when the place is raided...

...the party's over for Joan and her fellow performers.


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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Saban Films Takes Horror/Thriller "DEATH OF ME" From Darren Lynn Bousman



SABAN FILMS TAKES “DEATH OF ME” FROM SAW’S DARREN LYNN BOUSMAN

Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth Starrer To Be Released Theatrically Next Year


LOS ANGELES (August 22, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Darren Lynn Bousman’s (Saw franchise, Repo! The Genetic Opera) Death of Me.  Starring Maggie Q (“Nikita,” Divergent franchise) and Luke Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok, “Westworld”) and from a script penned by Ari Margolis (Black Days) & James Morley III (Black Days, Intrepid) and David Tish (Blood Money).

Death of Me centers on a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife — though she’s actually very much alive.

“Darren has been a staple in the horror genre from early on with the Saw franchise, and we are thrilled to be partnering with him on his latest film,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley.  “The suspense and chemistry that Maggie and Luke bring to the screen will keep audiences enraptured through this wild ride.”

Ness Saban negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Nate Bolotin and Pip Ngo from XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

Death of Me is produced by Envision Media Arts’ Lee Nelson and David Tish, and Samuel Marshall Production’s Charlie Dorfman. Executive Producers for the film’s financier Media Finance Capital are CEO David Gilbery and Marlon Vogelgesang, alongside Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz for 13 Films.

"We’re thrilled to be working with Saban again,” said EMA’s Lee Nelson. “They’ve proven to be a great destination for producers like us who are interested in bringing quality concept driven material to the marketplace.”

13 Films represents the foreign rights and will be presenting the film to buyers at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival having already inked a number of key deals for the film including : Italy and Poland (Sun Films), Russia (Parakeet), Middle East (Eagle), South Korea (Mobydick), Vietnam (Galaxy), Philippines (Pioneer), Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Malaysia (Westec).

Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31.   Its upcoming slate includes: Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company is partnering on after coming onboard at script stage; horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell; Cannes hit Vivarium starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg; the heartfelt baseball drama Bottom of the 9th starring Joe Manganiello and Sofía Vergara; Casey Affleck’s directorial debut Light of My Life; and Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan.

About Saban Films
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.

About Envision Media Arts
Founded by Lee Nelson in 2002, Envision Media Arts (“EMA”) is an award-winning production company based in Hollywood, California. With an eye for concept and character-driven stories, EMA finances and produces independent films for a mainstream audience. EMA productions include the Sundance hit Celeste & Jesse Forever starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg and the Eddie Murphy Drama Mr. Church. EMA is currently in production on the Bella Thorne thriller Girl, is prepping the high octane action film The Ice Road directed by Jonathan Hensleigh and is developing Dissonance a YA Sci-fi love story with Catherine Hardwicke attached to direct.



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Official Trailer & Poster Launch: "VILLAINS" starring Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe | In Theaters Nationwide September 20th




ALTER
A Gunpower & Sky Company

Presents
"VILLAINS"
OPENING IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 20th, 2019



Mickey and Jules are lovers on the run, headed southbound for a fresh start in the Sunshine State. When their car dies after a gas station robbery, they break into a nearby house looking for a new set of wheels. What they find instead is a dark secret and a sweet-as-pie pair of homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out.

 WATCH THE TRAILER:




Written & Directed by | Dan Berk & Robert Olsen

Starring | Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan & Kyra Sedgwick

Co-Produced by | BRON Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance & The Realm Films

Runtime: 89 Minutes

The film is Rated R by the MPAA

Follow us:

www.VillainsFilm.com

Facebook | @VillainsFilm

Instagram | @VillainsFilm

Twitter | @Villains_Film

 #VillainsMovie


ALTER is Gunpowder & Sky’s horror brand that explores the human condition through warped perspectives.

Having just launched in Q3 2018, the growing library of exclusive ALTER content includes more than 200 films and series from the most innovative minds in the genre. With nearly 2M fans/subscribers across social platforms, ALTER’s community is rapidly growing.

Recent feature film releases include Summer of 84(Sundance 2018); Cam (Netflix), winner of multiple awards at Fantasia Fest 2018 and produced in partnership with Blumhouse; Family Blood (Netflix); Like Share Follow and Totem for HBO; and BAFTA-nominated short The Blue Door, now in development at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin. Other favorites include: Hounds of Love (Hulu) andTragedy Girls (Hulu).

Upcoming studio projects include the series “50 States of Fear” with Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi, executive produced by genre legend Sam Raimi.

Key strategies in 2019 include: releasing multiple series and films on key networks and in theaters, accelerating our ALTER content offering, and increasing the community of ALTER fans – including established and emerging creators - globally.


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Adrenaline-Fueled Jason Bourne-esque Action Thriller "ART OF DECEPTION" Arrives On DVD/VOD This October 8th




BREAKING GLASS EMPLOYS THE ART OF DECEPTION
 

Philadelphia, PA, August 22, 2019--Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Jason Bourne-esque CIA thriller ART OF DECEPTION. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in August in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass Pictures CEO Rich Wolff and Sophie Tilson from Cardinal XD.

The film will arrive on DVD & VOD on October 8, platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, and FandangoNOW.


From writer/director Richard Ryan and producer Jackie Nova, ART OF DECEPTION held its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Awards, and went on to play the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, Milan’s International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, and has competed in numerous awards competitions including the International Independent Film Awards and the Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition, taking home awards for Best Original Score at both.

“Writer/Director Richard Ryan has crafted a taut entertaining thriller” said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass Pictures. “This CIA infused "man vs. world domination" story delivers kick-ass action with a cool and satisfying retro-tinged finale.”


After uncovering the CIA’s ruthless master plan for world domination by gaining complete mind control over the entire population, top scientist Joseph Markham is ultimately left with a choice: save the lives of billions…or the life of his wife, who has been kidnapped, interrogated, and brutally tortured as she viciously fights for her life.

As a nationwide manhunt ensues, deadly assassins pursue, and one man’s decision will determine the fate of the world, Art of Deception is about a fight for life, love and world dominance.


“Jackie Nova and I are very appreciative that our movie is being played all over the world, and will soon be available to everyone in the US this Fall”, said Ryan. “We, along with the rest of our team, have worked diligently and persistently over long hours to get "Art of Deception" where it is today.

We are grateful for everyone who has contributed and showed support for our movie, and we are very happy to continue to share the journey with every single one of them. We send our love to our family, friends, fans and everyone across the globe.”



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Dark Star Pictures Acquires all North American rights to Johannes Nyholm's "KOKO-DI KOKO-DA"




DARK STAR PICTURES ACQUIRES JOHANNES NYHOLM’S KOKO-DI KOKO-DA FOR NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE

AFTER RECENT PREMIERES AT SUNDANCE AND FANTASIA FILM FESTIVALS, THE FILM WILL THRILL AUDIENCES AT FANTASTIC FEST BEFORE OPENING THEATRICALLY THIS NOVEMBER WITH A VOD RELEASE TO FOLLOW

"...plays like the bastard offspring of Groundhog Day and The Babadook." - The Hollywood Reporter

"A gorgeous film that has a nightmarish quality to it."  - Film Threat



August 22, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) - Dark Star Pictures has announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA. The company is planning a November theatrical release followed by VOD and DVD release.

The film has excited audiences and critics at festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival and most recently Fantasia Film Festival 2019 (WINNER! AQCC-Camera Lucida Prize)  and will soon screen at Fantastic Fest 2019 and Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2019.


Critically acclaimed fantasy horror film KOKO-DI KOKO-DA comes from writer/director Johannes Nyholm, who helmed genre festival hit THE GIANT.

Elin (Katarina Jakobson) and Tobias (Leif Edlund)  are a happily married couple who regularly vacation with their young daughter. The family is on a dreamy holiday when an innocuous case of food poisoning derails their plans and forever alters the course of their lives. Three years later, the once loving couple is on the road again to go camping, looking for one last chance to go back to the way things used to be.

But what once was is lost, and our characters instead find themselves having to relive the same nightmarish events, as that day and the horrors it brings repeat themselves infinitely. Together, they must overcome their trauma, reconcile with their past and fight for their lives. Over, and over, and over again.

Theatrical openings will include Los Angeles, New York, and more to be announced. The deal was negotiated by Dark Star President Michael Repsch and Stray Dogs Managing Director Nathan Fischer on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Koko-di Koko-da is a brilliantly crafted view on how we handle grief, encapsulated in a unique horror plot with some of the most memorable villains we have seen in a long time. Dark Star is ecstatic to be bringing audiences what we feel is the most unique and haunting genre film of 2019,” commented Repsch.


KOKO-DI KOKO-DA

Director - Johannes Nyholm (THE GIANT)

Cast - Peter Belli, Leif Edlund, Ylva Gallon, Katarina Jackobson, Brandy Litmanen

RT: 86 minutes; Color; Language: Swedish with English subtitles; Rating: Not Rated

Distributed by LA-based Dark Star Pictures.


DARK STAR PICTURES

Dark Star Pictures is a new-age North American distribution company, focused on bringing unique and targeted content to audiences across the country. The company is committed to releasing auteur-driven, original cinema in the theatrical, digital and home video space. Dark Star’s goal is to create original marketing campaigns directly catered to audiences who will embrace our brand of thought-provoking cinema. The company also services distribution companies and producers in the theatrical, digital, and festival space.

PHOTO CREDIT FOR ALL PHOTOS: Dark Star Pictures

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

PHOTO 1Scene in Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Credit: Dark Star Pictures)
PHOTO 2Peter Belli, Brandy Litmanen and Morad Baloo Khatchadorian in Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Credit: Dark Star Pictures)
PHOTO 3Leif Edlund in Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Credit: Dark Star Pictures)

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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Hold Still, I'll Get It!" (video)




A Stooge has an animal on his back of his head...

...for whatever reason...

...and and either he or another Stooge tries to hit or shoot it.

Unsuccessfully, of course.

(threestooges.net)

ANTS IN THE PANTRY (1936)
A DUCKING THEY DID GO (1939)
THE YOKE'S ON ME (1944)
I'M A MONKEY'S UNCLE (1948)
CUCKOO ON A CHOO CHOO (1952)

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