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Saturday, November 28, 2015
Roger Waters has mellowed over the years. No longer the self-described "grumpy person" of his bitter youth who was "disaffected with rock'n'roll audiences"--he once reportedly spat in the face of a beaming Pink Floyd fan caught basking in the "space cadet glow" of the bombastic opening number from "The Wall" instead of appreciating it as a sour stadium-rock parody--Roger now freely basks in that glow himself, and seems to be having the time of his life just being happy while his art channels his anger into the ether like a lightning rod.
Such is the Roger we see in the 2014 concert film-slash-mockumentary ROGER WATERS THE WALL (Universal Home Video, 2-disc Blu-ray + HD Digital Copy), still restaging his magnum opus from the waning days of Pink Floyd for wildly enthusiastic audiences filled with people who weren't even born when the original double-album hit the record racks in 1979.
The film is an impeccably shot and directed record of this landmark performance intercut with other material featuring Roger as Roger, mainly during a road trip through Europe to visit the memorials of his father and grandfather, both fallen war veterans. He's sometimes accompanied on this trip by a school friend with whom he shares faded memories, and sometimes by his own grandchildren. In one sequence he has a few weary late-night drinks in a secluded pub while filmmaker Peter Medak recounts his harrowing escape from Nazi-occupied Hungary.
As deep and revealing as these passages are, they tend to intrude somewhat on the concert's overall effect and disrupt its momentum. I realize this is necessary if we're to learn the true meaning and origins of The Wall's fervently anti-war message and how they've shaped Waters as a person throughout his life. But it's nice when finally, at the gravesite of his grandfather on a lonely French hilltop, a pensive Roger takes a trumpet out of his bag and plays those first plaintive notes that will begin the concert.
The venue is vast and so is the stage, upon which a wall will be gradually constructed during the concert (symbolic of the main character Pink's walling himself off mentally and emotionally from the world) which will also serve as a screen for a spectacularly elaborate projection show that will threaten to overload the senses. The audience of tens of thousands of escstatic fans (each of whom seems to have the lyrics memorized in their entirety) ripples and writhes like an ocean of bodies, reacting in fits of rapture to every song lyric and musical nuance from the bombastic to the exquisitely subtle.
Roger, to the surprise of pretty much no one, takes full credit for all the words and music here (as he's been known to do on his other solo tours, even on the Pink Floyd songs he didn't write!) but I think it's pretty much recognized that The Wall is his baby, and, as it has turned out to be from the perspective of time, universally associated with him as he keeps on revising and restaging it over and over.
Waters himself seems to evolve with each new reimagining, and seems happier and more at peace with himself than ever before when he isn't shedding a bitter tear over his fallen father and the state of the world in general. Indeed, the whole thing seems to be deeply cathartic for the latter-day Waters who is obviously allowing himself to relax and have the time of his life during this concert--and is, at this point, a million miles away from that angry young man who once held his own audience in contempt.
It's odd that such a creative and expressive lyricist as Waters doesn't feel creatively stifled from repeatedly "running over the same old ground", but he seems content to have made "The Wall" his main creative focus for the past several years, imbuing it with a curious fusion of cynicism and sentimentality that translates into some powerful emotional moments.
The story of The Wall begins with "In the Flesh?", that anti-anthem which foreshadows the curdled tone of Pink's later descent into musical fascism. Then we flash back to his birth and upbringing in war-torn England with such songs as "The Thin Ice", the enthusiastically-received "Another Brick in the Wall" parts 1 and 2, "Mother", and "Goodbye Blue Sky."
Pink's gradual alienation and withdrawal from the world are recounted as Roger and the band (with singer Robbie Wycoff and lead guitarists Dave Kilminster, Snowy White, and G.E. Smith filling in for the sorely-missed David Gilmour) take us through "Young Lust", "One of My Turns", "The Last Few Bricks", and "Goodbye Cruel World", which Roger croons while sitting alone in a livingroom set seen through a single gap in the now otherwise solid wall. (Other strategic gaps will appear in the wall here and there to highlight various musicians.)
With Pink's final lapse into spiritual catatonia comes the iconic "Comfortably Numb", long a highlight of The Wall (especially when David Gilmour is on hand to perform it), followed by his transition into a Nazi-like perversion of the typical rock star who now leads his lemming-like followers to ruin. The final act consists of such harshly satirical songs as "Run Like Hell", "Waiting For the Worms", and "The Trial", with Roger marching about in Gestapo garb firing a machine gun until finally the wall comes crashing down and all that bombast shrinks back down to a single plaintive tune, "Outside the Wall", to end it.
During all this, of course, there are dazzling pyrotechnics that are staggering to behold along with the most elaborate multimedia light, SPFX, and projector show (featuring Gerald Scarfe's oversized puppets, the giant floating pig from the cover of "Animals", and that iconic round screen familiar to Pink Floyd fans at the heart of it all). The sight of ultra-widescreen images being projected onto the wall is often utterly astounding, to which the profoundly emotional audience basks in every image, and every deeply-ingrained lyric, with what may accurately be described as utter ecstasy.
Roger himself soaks it all in, reveling in the old "space cadet glow" as much as the audience. He knows this ultimate incarnation of The Wall (so far, anyway) is his finest hour and he's milking the experience for all it's worth--which is a considerable amount. In fact, the magnitude of this overwhelming and incredibly impressive audio-visual experience is quite possibly unlike any other musical theater production ever staged.
Roger's limited voice is in fine form here (even his strident "character" voice that I find so grating on the last two Floyd albums has been toned down) as is his chunky bass playing, with all the familiar old songs and one or two newer ones that I didn't recognize from the original Floyd album. There's hardly any need for backup singers with the thousands of people in the audience singing along and adding to the overall robustness of the sound.
The 2-disc Blu-ray from Universal Home Video (instructions for downloading an HD digital copy are also included) is in high-definition 1080p widescreen and Dolby 5.1 sound. Image and sound quality are, as one might guess, excellent. A multitude of languages and subtitles are available. Disc one extras (also present on the DVD) consist of Roger's visit to the grave of poet and soldier Frank Thompson, who died in WWII, and a time-lapse view of the construction of The Wall's elaborate stage.
Disc two bonus features (exclusive to the Blu-ray) consist of approximately thirty Facebook videos detailing every aspect of the stage production along with Roger Waters' philosophical musings on everything from why he loves New York to Man's inhumanity to Man, plus lots of insight into his creative processes. There's also some more driving footage from Roger's road tour of Europe.
For those who missed David Gilmour's presence during the concert, the disc features a special version of "Comfortably Numb" in which Dave makes a surprise appearance, along with the landmark reunion of Waters, Gilmour, and Floyd drummer Nick Mason during the concert's finale. Here, geniality and good spirits prevail as Roger is clearly joyous to be in the company of his old bandmates again (save for the late Rick Wright).
As for me, I'm equally glad the old animosity is gone and that I can like Roger Waters again. Indeed, he comes across here as a nice, warm older gent in addition to being an ego-driven control freak, qualities necessary for anyone aspiring to create something as immense and staggeringly impressive as the event in which we're vicariously immersed with ROGER WATERS THE WALL. It's an achievement that could aptly be described, in the words of Barry Fitzgerald in THE QUIET MAN, as "Homeric."
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"In the Flesh?"
"The Thin Ice"
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)"
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
"The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes"
"Goodbye Blue Sky"
"What Shall We Do Now?"
"One of My Turns"
"Don't Leave Me Now"
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 3)"
"The Last Few Bricks"
"Goodbye Cruel World"
"Is There Anybody Out There?"
"Bring the Boys Back Home"
"The Show Must Go On"
"In the Flesh"
"Run Like Hell"
"Waiting for the Worms"
"Outside the Wall"
Street date: December 1, 2015
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 11:18 PM
Thursday, November 26, 2015
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS
Product Source: Theatrical
Theatrical Studio: Universal
Theatrical Release: 10/23/2015
Synopsis: Small-town girl Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples, TV's Nashville) lives an unexceptional life…until she takes on a secret identity inspired by her music. She becomes Jem: the bold, stunning and absolutely fearless global superstar!
But when it seems that she may lose touch with the things that really matter, Jerrica and her band of sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey, discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden.
Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up franchise) and starring Juliette Lewis (TV's Secrets and Lies) and Molly Ringwald (TV's The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Jem and the Holograms is a fun, music-filled, inspirational adventure about finding your own voice.
BD Combo Pack Widescreen / Widescreen (61164469) : Disc 1 (Side A): Jem and the Holograms
Format: BD Combo Pack UPC: 0-2519-22586-9-5
Unit Type: Standard Number of Media: 1
Street Date: 1/19/2016 PreOrder Date:
Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Language: English Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided)
Packaging: Snap Case with Slip Sleeve Layers: Single
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH
Edition: - Picture: Widescreen / Anamorphic Widescreen
Version: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Color/B&W COLOR
Rating: PG CARA Rating: -
Bonus Features: • Digital Copy of Jem and the Holograms (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
• Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
• Gag Reel
• "Youngblood" Music Video
• Glam, Glitter, Fashion and Fame: The Reinvention of Jem
• Feature Commentary with Producer/Director Jon M. Chu
DVD Widescreen (61164470) : Disc 1 (Side A): Jem and the Holograms
Format: DVD UPC: 0-2519-22589-1-6
Unit Type: Standard Number of Media: 1
Street Date: 1/19/2016 PreOrder Date:
Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Language: English Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided)
Packaging: Snap Case with Slip Sleeve Layers: Single
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
English DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH
Edition: - Picture: Anamorphic Widescreen
Version: - Color/B&W COLOR
Rating: PG CARA Rating: -
Bonus Features: • Gag Reel
• "Youngblood" Music Video
• Glam, Glitter, Fashion, and Fame: The Reinvention of Jem
• Feature Commentary with Producer/Director Jon M. Chu
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 9:19 AM
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
DRIVE IN PICTURES Presents
A disenfranchised former child star devolves into a serial killer
People go missing every day and most of them won’t be missed. At least that’s what Alan, a narcissist with an inflated opinion of himself, who thinks the world is full of stupid people or ants as he calls them, believes. The world is full of dark stories about sinister figures who live off the hopes and dreams of people trying to survive.
So what happens when you have a reclusive, former famous narcissist, whose side hobby is murdering young women, who’s new roommate is the perfect California blonde? Let’s just say his hobby becomes a full time occupation and the puppet master becomes the one pulling the strings…
TRT: 89 minutes
Format: 1:85 Flat (35mm)
Sound: Dolby SR
Rating: R – equivalent
Cast & Crew
Directed by Jim Lane, Eric Troop
Starring: Daniel O’Meara, Jackie Moore, Eric Roberts, Tiffany Adams, Brett Miller and Tony Powers
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 10:42 AM
Monday, November 23, 2015
Described as a "psycho-sexual thriller", THE LAST HOUSE, a.k.a. "Breath of Hate" (2015) wants to be deep and maybe even a little avant-garde--in addition to being violent and perversely sexy--but doesn't quite have the finesse to pull it off.
CLERKS' Jason Mewes (ZOMBIE HAMLET, SILENT BUT DEADLY) is Ned, a lovesick schlub trying to convince his hooker heartthrob Love (Lauren Walsh, MEET THE SPARTANS) to quit the business and be his one-guy gal. But when Love finally goes to her pimp to serve notice, Sonny (Jack Forcinito, SILENT NIGHT, ZOMBIE NIGHT) strongly insists that she go on one final job with two other hookers to a swanky mansion where a wild sex party is to be held. Reluctantly, Love agrees.
Bad idea, since we've already seen the three psychotic squatters occupying the mansion do away with a lady realtor (SLEEPAWAY CAMP's Felissa Rose in a brief, thankless cameo), and it's obvious their idea of "party" will prove unpleasant for the three unsuspecting working girls.
There's Cleb (Ricardo Gray), an excitable young black dude whose "crazy happy" mood, we're told, must be seen to be believed; Selma (Monique Parent, THE PERFECT HOUSE), a wickedly dominant sex bomb; and "Hate" (Ezra Buzzington), the oily, enigmatic, and endlessly verbose ringleader of the tawdry trio. Once this dubious situation gets into full swing, THE LAST HOUSE becomes a round-robin series of sexual trainwrecks.
Cleb, we discover, likes cheerleaders. In fact, he thinks they look good enough to eat--literally. He's also partial to heating up half a canteloupe in the microwave and then making love to it AMERICAN PIE-style, and when these two scenarios are edited together the confusion is compounded when Love suddenly shows up and starts hacking away at him with a butcher knife. Or does she?
Meanwhile, some of the film's kinkier deeds are performed in the upstairs bedroom when Selma has her way with the other hooker in a mistress-slave scenario that includes spanking, toe-sucking, and other sleazy sex stuff that skirts the boundaries of "softcore" before turning baseball-bat violent and, for me anyway, baffling.
But the most perplexing part comes when we watch our heroine Love in an increasingly troublesome tryst with "Hate", which starts out creepy and just gets worse, until he starts to live up to his name and she finds herself in grave peril.
Which sounds straightforward enough, but is anything but because this film, remember, wants to be some kind of sleazy art film with its jumbled timelines and rambling monologues.
Despite his on-the-nose moniker, Hate reminds me mainly of an evil David Spade--not very menacing, even when his true nature starts to bleed through. The story gets progressively strange as characters die, live again, kill, get killed, etc. and we see a variety of flashbacks, flash-forwards, dreams that foretell the future, alternate outcomes, and other timeline-fiddling. While all this is going on, Ned is busy trying to track down Love by haunting the strip club where she works and going head to head with Sonny.
Jason Mewes handles his role well enough but it's Lauren Walsh as Love who's the real standout here. Monique Parent is meant to be wickedly sexy, which is something she could do without breaking a sweat. As Hate, Ezra Buzzington gets an "A" for effort although I never found the character as intriguing or mysterious as intended. Jack Forcinito is sleaze personified as the pimp Sonny, whose main concern is his miniature pet turtle.
The DVD from WildEye Releasing is widescreen with Dolby Digital sound. No subtitles. Bonus features consist of a writer and director commentary, deleted scenes, a Cinemayhem Film Festival director interview, and the film's London premiere at the Gorezone Film Festival.
While some members of the cast double as prolific porn stars, THE LAST HOUSE is more thriller and less sleaze than the synopsis might lead you to believe. I didn't find it all that thrilling, either, but I must give the filmmakers credit for trying something different.
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Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 9:36 PM
Wild Eye Unlocks the House of Afflictions
Key Art and Trailer for February 2016 Release
New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has opened the doors to the House of Afflictions with a new poster and trailer.
The latest supernatural thriller from UK director Anthony M. Winson (The Witching Hour, Unholy) follows a crime author mourning the loss of her child as she tries to start life over in a new home. She soon discovers that she is not alone in the house.
Is something from her past haunting her, or is it something deep within the house itself that wants to ensure she remain restless forever?
Kate Beckley was once a best selling crime author, but it's been years since her last novel following the disappearance of her daughter, Julia. While attempting to write again in a new home, Kate finds herself haunted by strange visions and paranormal occurrences - which become worse each night. Has Julia returned, or is something more sinister preying on this grieving mother?
House of Afflictions (Official Trailer)
The February 2016 DVD release of House of Afflictions will exclusively include a number of bonus features.
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 2:23 PM
Sunday, November 22, 2015
A foolproof kidnap/blackmail scheme that we just know will go way wrong, a damaged damsel who might not be so innocent, a heartless womanizer who maybe isn't quite that deserving of the fate devised for him--these and other unpredictable variables go into the bloody, suspenseful thriller THE BADGER GAME (2014) and out comes a taut and twisted little tale that keeps us guessing.
Alex (Augie Duke) lays out the supposedly perfect plan to her erstwhile best friend, Shelley (Jillian Leigh), which consists of kidnapping Alex's former lover Liam (Sam Boxleitner), a wealthy businessman who failed to mention that he was married, and blackmailing him for two million dollars which he must pay lest they send his wife a bunch of incriminating photos. The dubious Shelley, badly in need of money for herself and her daughter, is to be the bait to lure Liam into their clutches.
The other variables include meth-addicted stripper Jane (Sasha Higgins), another of Liam's former flames who claims to have been abused by him in a number of ways, and Alex's musclebound ex-con brother Kip (Patrick Cronen), who we fear just might be capable of anything. Top all that with a mysterious figure secretly spying on them and photographing it all from the shadows, and the fuse is lit for things to eventually blow up real good.
THE BADGER GAME is refreshingly adept at confounding our expectations and detouring the predictable storyline at every turn. Just when we think it's going to be one of those feminist revenge fantasies about the wronged woman giving the awful user-abuser male his comeuppance, we find out things about both which complicate matters in a big way.
Sympathetic rehab queen Jane turns out to be scarier than we first imagined, while Kip, bless his heart, is the original poster boy for Impulse Control Disorder. Where all this leaves Liam, all tied up with literally no place to go, makes for some white knuckle moments, with poor Shelley swept along with it all until forced to take drastic action herself when the kidnappers begin to turn on each other.
While not as dark and sadistic as the usual "violence for its own sake" torture fest, the story does have its bloody moments, including some grievous wounds for hemophiliac Liam (which his captors attempt to stem with Krazy Glue) and a particularly nasty garden-implement-to-the-face gag that might put you off din-din for awhile. Still, it's all in service of the story and, while of passing interest to the gorehounds in the audience, isn't quite what I'd call gratuitous.
What really makes THE BADGER GAME so much fun is just sitting back and watching what comes next as Alex's foolproof plan to score a bundle of cash and some sweet revenge goes off the rails in a number of ways. Some characters show their true colors, others reveal their dark sides, and some wind up dead. It's just that kind of game.
The Blu-ray from Intervision Pictures Corp. is in 16:9 widescreen with Dolby Digital sound. English subtitles are available. Bonus features include two commentary tracks--one with writer-directors Thomas Zambeck and Joshua Wagner (MIMESIS) as well as composer London May, and another with actresses Augie Duke, Jillian Leigh and Sasha Higgins--plus cast and crew interviews from the Los Angeles premiere.
Usually a story like this is done tongue-in-cheek and laden with obvious gags to let us know it's all in gallows-style fun. THE BADGER GAME presents all this in straightforward fashion and trusts us to glean the inherent humor from it ourselves. Along with the bloody horror, the bitter irony, and all that other good stuff.
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Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 10:23 PM
Friday, November 20, 2015
Described by its writer-director Chris Alexander as an "impressionist underground art film" and by one IMDb contributor as a "minimalist vampire moodpiece", QUEEN OF BLOOD (2014) challenges viewers to stay with it during its long, slow passages of atmospheric visuals and navel-gazing contemplation in order to reap its rewards.
Alexander isn't interested in feeding the filmic needs of the typical Jason and Freddy fan, nor those of just about any other average horror fan. His take on the vampire genre is, as he puts it, more of a "tone poem" which should be viewed as one views a painting.
To that end, the film is sumptuously photographed (despite a rock-bottom budget) in a lush rural setting which seems to be a thousand miles from any kind of civilization, by a camera that lingers over each image even more languidly than the Kubrick of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY or David Lynch at his most ERASERHEAD-centric.
The absolutely barebones story--if one can even call it that--begins with the enigmatic vampire Irina (Shauna Henry) emerging naked from the fetid waters of a swamp in a scene that reminded me of Virginia Christine's haunting entrance in THE MUMMY'S CURSE. It seems as though this unnatural creature is being born or reborn in some way although no further explanation is given.
Irina is taken in by a woodsman (co-producer and cinematographer David Goodfellow) who cleans and dresses her and trims her flowing mane. We see a photograph on his shelf of a woman who resembles Irina, hinting that the man is a widower who's remaking Irina in his late wife's image. But he succumbs to the spell of the vampiress, who silently mesmerizes him before ripping out his throat with her bare hands (her preferred method of killing).
For much of its subsequent running time, QUEEN OF BLOOD shows us Irina stalking very slowly through the woods or across vast pastures, intercut with shots of her future victims as they stand around contemplatively or stroll hither and yon. The actual killing scenes are equally impressionistic, bloody yet shot and edited with an artist's eye.
We also see the black-clad Preacher on her trail, strangling Irina's unfortunate victims before they themselves can return to life as the undead. As the Preacher, Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre (SCREAM PARK) is the most animated thing about the whole movie.
One sequence in which he goes into blood-spewing convulsions has to be seen to be believed--it goes on too long and took me out of the movie for a while, but is fascinating nonetheless due to the way Ogre throws himself with abandon into a total state of wildly-thrashing hysteria as he lurches, flips, and rolls around on the forest floor.
But the most riveting element of the film, aptly enough, is Shauna Henry herself. Looking like a soiled china doll possessed by some dark spirit, she wanders wraithlike through the film's idyllic Western setting with piercing eyes (she has a great "creepy face") and a compelling presence.
Her charisma in the pivotal role of the ever-ravenous vampire who goes through victims like Homer Simpson goes through doughnuts almost compensates for the long stretches which tax our patience and will, no doubt, have many horror buffs giving the fast-forward scan button on their remotes a workout.
Still, the artful execution and evocative atmosphere of QUEEN OF BLOOD should appeal to certain viewers who favor the offbeat in their cinematic fare, especially those willing to settle in and patiently indulge the film its eccentricities as it slowly unfolds its story as though painting loosely in watercolor.
The excellent New Age-y musical score by Alexander and castmember Carrie Gemmell is fitting for a movie that is itself a kind of visual equivalent to New Age music--and which, incidentally, is utterly free of dialogue, essentially making it a silent film with music and ambient sound effects.
The Blu-ray from Intervision Pictures Corp. is in 16x9 widescreen with Dolby Digital sound. No subtitles, since there's nothing to subtitle. Bonus features include an introduction by Nivek Ogre, bloopers, 2 alternate endings, the featurette "Directing Ogre", a trailer, a director and cast Q & A from the Toronto premiere, and a director commentary.
Most notable is the inclusion of Chris Alexander's previous film BLOOD FOR IRINA (2012) in its entirety. The precursor of QUEEN OF BLOOD, this feature recounts Irina's vampiric exploits in modern times and is even more deliberately paced and dreamlike than the latter film.
Willfully experimental and often deliberately obtuse, QUEEN OF BLOOD is hardly the sort of thing one would add to an evening's fare of FRIDAY THE 13TH and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET flicks. But if you're in the mood for something completely different, this is one horror movie that will definitely fit the bill.
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Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 9:27 PM
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
CALIFORNIA’S FAVORITE MOTORCYCLE HIGHWAY PATROLMEN ARE BACK AS
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES
CHiPs: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
ON DVD MARCH 15, 2016
Includes all 21 one-hour episodes of Season 4!
BURBANK, CA (November 18, 2015) – Ponch and Jon are back in the fourth installment of the six season series of highway crime fighting, as CHiPs: The Complete Fourth Season is released for fans to enjoy! The star-studded cast includes Golden Globe nominated Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox as California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Francis “Ponch” Poncherello and Jon Baker.
The successful series has inspired the all-new upcoming theatrical release starring Dax Shepard as Jon Baker and Michael Peña as Frank Poncherello. The excitement and action-packed drama continues as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases CHiPs: The Complete Fourth Season on March 15, 2016 for $29.98.
In season four, the highway adventures continue with Ponch and Jon as they continue to keep the busy freeway of California safe from crime. Whether making routine stops for speeding or nabbing criminals on the run, California Highway Patrol is on the case. Nothing can stop these fearless partners, as they hit the streets of Southern California, in the pursuit of justice and highway safety. CHiPs: The Complete Fourth Season provides endless entertainment and action throughout all 21 episodes and will leave you longing for the release of season five!
“We are excited to release CHiPs: The Complete Fourth Season for the first time ever on DVD,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “We are thrilled to share the exciting fourth season of this hit show with fans of all ages.”
DVD Standard Features
· 5 DVD-9s
· Language: English
· Feature Subtitles: ESDH
21 One-Hour Episodes
1. Go-Cart Terror
2. Sick Leave
3. To Your Health
4. The Poachers
5. The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 1
6. The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 2
7. Satan’s Angels
8. Wheels of Justice
9. Crash Course
10. Forty Tons of Trouble
11. 11-99: Officer Needs Help
12. Home Fires Burning
14. Ponch’s Angels: Part 1
15. Ponch’s Angels: Part 2
17. New Guy in Town
18. The Hawk and the Hunter
20. Dead Man’s Riddle
21. A Simple Operation
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
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Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 10:50 AM
Monday, November 16, 2015
AMBI TO REMAKE CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S “MEMENTO”
November 16, 2015 – Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Christopher Nolan’s iconic, twist-laden film “Memento.”
Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted “Memento” from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled "Memento Mori", and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, “Memento” was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award™ nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
AMBI took ownership of “Memento” remake rights when the company acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library, which housed “Memento,” as well as 400 additional critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Hit & Run,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back,” to name a few.
The EMG library acquisition was followed by the launch of AMBI’s new $200 million film fund last week. Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino are anchor investors in the fund along with New York based private equity firm Raven Capital Management LLC (“Raven”).
This series of strategic moves led to AMBI greenlighting “Memento” as its newest feature production.
Said Iervolino, “’Memento’ has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade. People who’ve seen ‘Memento’ 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is set high thanks to the brilliance or Christopher Nolan, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Iervolino added, “Our acquisition of the EMG library reinforced our commitment to build a strong global studio with a strong pipeline of commercial films that can play to a worldwide audience. Bringing a new ‘Memento’ to audiences is an initial example of how we intend to execute this strategy.”
Monika Bacardi added, “’Memento’ is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach. We intend to stay true to Christopher Nolan’s vision and deliver a memorable movie that is every bit as edgy, iconic and award-worthy as the original. It’s a big responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original, but we are extremely excited and motivated to bring this puzzle back to life and back into the minds of moviegoers.”
Nolan’s original “Memento” follows Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why…
The movie was presented as two different sequences of scenes interspersed during the film: a series in black-and-white that is shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order (simulating in the audience the mental state of the protagonist, who suffers from a anterograde amnesia).The two sequences "meet" at the end of the film, producing one complete and cohesive narrative.
AMBI Pictures parent company, AMBI Group (“AMBI”), is consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies owned and operated by Iervolino and Bacardi.
With 10 films in production this year alone and over 15 produced since last year, AMBI has quickly emerged as one of the industry’s most prolific financing, production and sales companies with the capacity to develop, package, finance, produce and sell a broad array of films for worldwide distribution.
Among the films currently on AMBI’s film slate are James Franco’s In Dubious Battle, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Franco, Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff and Sam Shepherd; the 3D CGI family animated film Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, featuring the voices of John Cleese, Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Angelica Huston and Heidi Klum; Septembers of Shiraz, starring Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody; the contemporary fairy tale This Beautiful Fantastic starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson; the animated feature Groove Tails, starring Jamie Foxx and directed by Cameron Hood; a homage to Federico Fellini’s classic film La Dolce Vita; the sci-fi thriller Rupture starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis and Peter Stormare; the psychological thriller Lavender starring Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney; the romantic comedy All Roads Lead to Rome, starring Sarah Jessica Parker; Barry Levinson’s acclaimed drama The Humbling, starring Al Pacino; and the sci-fi action thriller Andron: The Black Labyrinth, starring Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover, among several others.
AMBI Group is a consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies wholly owned and operated by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi.”
From offices in Toronto, Beverly Hills and Europe, AMBI is dedicated to making and delivering high-end, commercial movies for global audiences and serves as a top-tier supplier of mainstream projects for both the studios and major independent distributors worldwide.
Andrea Iervolino has produced, funded and distributed over 50 feature films including The Merchant of Venice, The Humbling and All Roads Lead to Rome, to name just a few. Iervolino was the recipient of the coveted Mimmo Rotella Award for his contributions to the Italian cinema industry. The award was presented to him at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, alongside fellow recipients Al Pacino and Barry Levinson. Iervolino most recently received the Honor of Recognition as Ambassador of Italian Cinema in the World at annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF).
Lady Monika Bacardi is the widow of Luis Adalberto Facundo Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lord of Bayfield Hall, known as Lord Luis Bacardi (descendent of the Bacardi founder, still a family-run company). Renowned for her passion of modern art and love of photography and movies, Monika Bacardi is a highly successful businesswoman who is now committed to producing films, through AMBI, on top of her numerous philanthropic activities.
AMBI Group is active in the distribution of various movie projects in Italy and throughout the world through its satellite company AI Entertainment, a company Iervolino founded in 2011. Iervolino still runs this operation as well as several movie production and distribution companies in Italy, Spain and Canada.
For more information on AMBI please visit www.ambidistribution.com
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 12:07 PM
FIRST TEASER FOR FIGHT VALLEY STARRING UFC'S BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION HOLLY HOLM, MIESHA TATE AND CRIS CYBORG
The world's best UFC fighters -current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion "The Preacher's Daughter" HOLLY HOLM, Miesha "Cupcake" Tate, and Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino- are making their acting debut in the action MMA thriller FIGHT VALLEY. Breaking Glass Pictures is releasing the film written and directed by Rob Hawk in theaters and VOD this spring.
Holly Holm plays "Payton" in the film and is the current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion since beating Ronda Rousey on November 14. Miesha Tate is an American mixed martial artist, currently ranked No. 1 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight class, and stars as "Jabs" the film. Cris Cyborg, who stars as "Church", is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and the former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion.
When Tory Coro is found dead in the streets of Fight Valley her sister Windsor moves to the town to begin her own investigation. There she meets Jabs (Tate), the most feared and respected ex-fighter around. Windsor realizes to survive in the town she will have to fight. Under the training of Jabs, Windsor is determined to come face-to-face with Tory's killer and fight for justice.
Filmed in Camden, N.J., FIGHT VALLEY also stars the current World Boxing Organization's Lightweight Champion Amanda Serrano, Susie Celek, Erin O'Brien, Cabrina Collesides, Kari J. Kramer, and Chelsea Durkalec.
Director Rob Hawk will be donating a percentage of the film's proceeds to the Fight Like a Girl Foundation in honor of his mother who passed away from breast cancer. FIGHT VALLEY will hit theaters nationwide and VOD in spring 2016.
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 11:50 AM
"Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1" Comes to DVD -- Newest Adaptation of the Classic, Animated Mystery Series
BE COOL, SCOOBY-DOO!
THE NEWEST ADAPTATION OF THE
CLASSIC ANIMATED MYSTERY SERIES
AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Two-Disc DVD Set Features Thirteen 22-Minute Episodes
for Over Four Hours of Scooby-Doo! Content
BURBANK, CA (November 16, 2015) – Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, the newest adaptation of the classic, animated mystery series will be released on DVD for the first time by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) February 23, 2016. Get those Scooby snacks ready! That lovable Great Dane is back to entertain viewers with new mysteries, more cool adventures and non-stop fun in this updated version of the legendary cartoon. It’s a new look and feel for the Scooby-Doo! gang as they hit the road in a state-of-the-art Mystery Machine and get wrapped up in a set of intriguing new mysteries. Titled Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1, this release will retail for $19.97 SRP.
In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1, high school is over and Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred have just completed their senior year. What better way to celebrate summer break than by going on a road trip? This could be the gang’s last summer together, so the teens decide to live it up by hitting the road in the Mystery Machine in search of fun, laughs and great adventures. Along the way, the teen sleuths encounter some of the most mind-blowing mysteries yet. Will Scooby-Doo and the gang complete their trip or will ghosts and monsters throw them off course? Viewers will want to come along for the ride in this freshly redesigned, smart, funny adaptation of the legendary cartoon classic!
“Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1 will keep Scooby-Doo! fans entertained with its
contemporary look and engaging new mysteries,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “While it’s the same Scooby-Doo! we know and love, this version takes a closer look at each of the Mystery Inc. characters, their individual personalities and the dynamics they all share. We’re excited about this new release.”
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! premiered on Cartoon Network October 5, 2015 and continuously ranks #1 in the timeslot for boys 6-11 and #2 for kids 6-11.
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing both CG and traditionally animated projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. For TV, WBA produces series such as Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and the upcoming Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, as well as Mike Tyson Mysteries for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
Academy Award(s)® & Oscar(s)® are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.
* NHI, Neilsen Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD, 10/5 – 10/9/15.
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 10:29 AM
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Genre: Action Thriller
Rating: R for violence, pervasive language and some sexual content
U.S. Release Date: November 13, 2015 (In Theaters and On Demand)
Run Time: 90 minutes
Cast: Jeffery Dean Morgan (Vaughn), Robert De Niro (Pope), Kate Bosworth (Sydney), Gina Carano (Kris), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Marconi), D.B. Sweeney (Bernie), Lydia Hull (Pauline), Tyler J. Olson (Steve), with Morris Chestnut (Dog), and Dave Bautista (Cox)
Directed by: Scott Mann
Story by: Stephen Cyrus Sepher
Screenplay by: Stephen Cyrus Sepher and Max S. Adams
Produced by: Randall Emmett, p.g.a., George Furla, p.g.a., Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Stephen Cyrus Sepher, Alexander Tabrizi
Executive Producers: Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb, David Gilbery, Mark Stewart, Anthony Jabre, Steven Galanis, Vance Owen, Adam Goldworm, Beth Holden Garland, Daniel Grodnik, Montgomery Blencowe, Ted Fox, Corey Large
Director of Photography: Brandon Cox
Production Designer: Thomas William Hallbauer
Editor: Robert Dalva, ACE
Co-Producers: Tim Sullivan, Gus Furla, Anthony Callie, Ryan Black
Line Producer: William B. Steakley
Original Score by: James Edward Barker and Tim Despic
Music Supervisor Mike Burns
When their attempt to rob a casino owned by the feared gangster Pope (Robert De Niro) goes awry and a shootout ensues, Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Cox (Dave Bautista) are forced to flee on foot and hijack city Bus 657 and take the passengers hostage. Now, in a high speed chase, Vaughn will not only have to outwit the police, led by Officer Bajos (Gina Carano) who are in hot pursuit, but he will have to contend with Pope’s maniacal right hand man, Dog (Morris Chestnut), in order to make it through the day alive. But we quickly learn that things are not what they seem, and Vaughn has more than one card up his sleeve. HEIST will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and On Demand November 13th, 2015.
Lionsgate Premiere, Grindstone Entertainment Group and Emmett Furla Oasis Films present in association with The Fyzz Facility, in association with RPI, LLC, an Emmett Furla Oasis Films production, in association with Silver Plane Films, Trivision Pictures, Inc. and Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company, Inc.
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 9:06 PM
Friday, November 13, 2015
Tromatizing Thanksgiving Releases Covered in Gravy* & Stuffing**
New York, N.Y., November 9th, 2015- Greetings from Tromaville! The Troma Turkey has blessed the world with 2 films for your home library to make your Thanksgiving the best Thanksgiving imaginable: one beloved classic and one soon-to-be beloved classic!
Headlining Troma's new Thanks-thrilling releases is the highly anticipated Sgt. Kabukiman: NYPD Blu-Ray. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film's release, Troma reintroduces NYPD Sgt. Harry Griswold, the hot dog loving Bronx cop who suddenly was transformed into a 2000 year old Kabuki super-human hero!
Using an arsenal of fatal sushi, heatseeking chopsticks, and pyro projectile parasols, Sgt. Kabukiman must realize his destiny to save New York from a centuries old evil that threatens the entire world. Revisit this exploitation classic from Lloyd Kaufman and the rest of the Troma Team, now in beautiful HD that makes every flying chopstick shine like never before!
This brand new Blu-Ray features Tromatic special features, including an exclusive interview with Sgt. Kabukiman himself, Rick Gianasi and a full episode of the Troma series Sgt. Kabukiman's Cocktail Corner, featuring Brian Quinn (Impractical Jokers). Now THAT'S something to be thankful for!
Troma is also proud to announce the Thanks-CHILLING DVD release of the terrifying giallo Symphony in Blood Red from Luigi Pastore. When a deranged mental patient is admitted into a specialized clinic, the treatment does more to awaken his latent serial killing tendancies than cure them. What follows can only be described as, aptly enough, a symphony in blood red, not unlike reuniting with your family for Turkey-Day. Following in the tradition of Giallo films and the work of Dario Argento, Symphony in Blood Red is, in the words of Argento himself, "Cruel, Harsh, Shocking."
For information on Troma Entertainment or its upcoming releases and screenings, fans can visit www.troma.com and Troma's Facebook.
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Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is arguably the longest-running independent movie studio in North America, and it's one of the very few genuine brand names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman's "The Toxic Avenger", Trey Parker's "Cannibal, the Musical", "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead", "Class of Nuke 'em High", Charles Kaufman's "Mother's Day" and "Tromeo & Juliet", Troma's seminal films are now being remade as big-budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman and Steven Pink. Early work of many of today's luminaries can be found in Troma's library of 1000 films, cartoons, TV shows and shorts. Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D'Onofrio, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gunn and Eli Roth are just a few. Troma's latest in house productions are "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volumes 1 & 2". Troma's Blu-rays, DVDs, books, t-shirts and movie merchandise can be purchased at Tromashop. Please visit Troma at www.troma.com, www.lloydkaufman.com, www.twitter.com/lloydkaufman,
www.facebook.com/troma.entertainment and www.tromapast.tumblr.com.
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 8:06 AM
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Factory 25 Presents
Starring Kentucker Audley and Hannah Gross
Written, Produced & Directed by Charles Poekel
Opens in New York at the MoMA (and exclusive SVOD on Fandor) on Thursday, December 3rd
Also available on iTunes and select digital / cable platforms
"Unflinching yet tender... A minor marvel of quasi-documentary discovery."
- Richard Brody, THE NEW YORKER
"[A] sensitively shot slice of realism."
- Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"[An] utterly likable riff on urban loneliness that never forces its themes... By merely breaking away from those clichés and carving out a charming fresh path, Poekel makes a quietly defiant statement."
- Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE
"Feels like a throwback to the kind of New York character study someone like Jerry Schatzberg (“Panic in Needle Park”) or Hal Ashby (“The Landlord”) might have dreamt up back in the ’70s."
- Peter Debruge, VARIETY
"A delicate, simple film that really works... Audley does his best work to date, conveying a deepening depression that doesn’t stop this man from trying to be helpful to those around him. And Gross is a real find, completely believable in every moment as the warmth that could rescue an increasingly chilly heart."
- Brian Tallerico, ROGER EBERT.COM
For a fifth consecutive December, a heartbroken Noel returns to New York City to work the night shift at a sidewalk Christmas tree lot. Devoid of any holiday spirit, he struggles to stay awake during the long, chilly nights in his trailer, while the daytime traffic keeps him from getting any real rest. As he slowly spirals into despair, he comes to the aid of a mysterious young woman in the park. Her warming presence, matched with some colorful customers, help rescue him from self-destruction.
Starring Kentucker Audley and Hannah Gross
Directed, Produced & Written by Charles Poekel
Cinematography by Sean Price Williams
Edited by Robert Greene
TRT: 80 minutes
Festivals: 2015 Sundance, New Directors/ New Films 2015, 2014 Locarno
FACTORY 25 will release CHRISTMAS, AGAIN at the MoMA in New York (and exclusive SVOD on Fandor) on Thursday, December 3rd, and Los Angeles on Friday, December 11th.
Also available on iTunes and select digital / cable platforms
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 8:51 AM
Monday, November 9, 2015
IFC MIDNIGHT PRESENTS
A FILM BY TARA SUBKOFF
WILL OPEN THEATRICALLY AND ON VOD
STARTING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH
You’ve got followers… Cyberbullying goes offline during one deadly night. Based on a shocking true story, #HORROR follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real.
Chloë Sevigny leads an ensemble cast that includes Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, and Timothy Hutton in Tara Subkoff’s directorial debut.
Release Date: Friday, November 20th (NY and LA / VOD)
Distributor: IFC Midnight
Director: Tara Subkoff
Written By: Tara Subkoff
Producers: Tara Subkoff, Oren Segal, Brendan Walsh, and Jason Ludman
Starring: Chloe Sevigny, Timothy Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Balthazar Getty, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel, Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindberg, Mina Sundwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Lydia Hearst
Rating: Not Rated
TRT: 90 minutes
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 7:19 PM
LE VISION PICTURES USA PARTNERS WITH DIRECTOR ROB MINKOFF FOR TWO-PICTURE DEAL
“Silkworms” and “Wolf Totem” Confirmed as Titles
Los Angeles, CA – November 9, 2015 – Los Angeles-based Le Vision Pictures USA have partnered on a two-picture deal with acclaimed director Rob Minkoff (“The Lion King”, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”) and producing partner Pietro Ventani under their Flying Tigers Entertainment banner, to co-develop and produce the live-action comedy, “Silkworms” and the epic animated feature "Wolf Totem".
The deal is another step towards Le Vision’s mission to become the world’s first “connected studio” by establishing long-term partnerships between China and Hollywood, working with leading filmmaking talents on both sides of the globe to develop and produce wide-release, tent-pole films with international appeal and franchise potential.
Le Vision’s Chairman and CEO Zhang Zhao said: “’Silkworms’ and ‘Wolf Totem’ are perfect examples of the ambitious, cross-over projects we look for. As one of Hollywood’s most established and constantly creative talents, Rob is exactly who we look for in a long-term partner, and someone whose passion for each project matches our own.”
The action-comedy “Silkworms” tells the story of two bumbling monks sent to ancient China by the Holy Roman Emperor, Justinian, to steal the closely guarded secret of Chinese silk production.
Minkoff said regarding the two projects, “’Silkworms’ is based on true events, and is actually the first case of industrial espionage in history." He added, “The success of the recent live-action adaptation of ‘Wolf Totem’ has inspired us to take a different approach and tell the story from the Wolves' point of view. It's what animation does best."
Minkoff’s producing partner Pietro Ventani said "Le Vision under Zhang Zhao's truly visionary leadership has demonstrated they are at the forefront of a paradigm shift in the entertainment industry,"
Rob Minkoff is the award-winning director behind such family favorites as “Stuart Little”, “The Forbidden Kingdom” and last year’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”, having made his mark with the global phenomenon “The Lion King”. Minkoff ‘s current project “Blazing Samurai”, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks, is currently in production and slate to be released in August 2017.
The deal was negotiated by Steve Saltzman of Loeb & Loeb and Le Vision Pictures USA EVP Simon Sun, as well as Cheryl Snow of Gang, Tyre Ramer & Brown and Adam Kanter of Paradigm. The LeVP USA development team includes Jason Steyaert and Dan Scheinkman, who together with Simon Sun will oversee development.
As previously announced, Le Vision Pictures USA recently acquired the rights to Jayson Rothwell’s script “Zodiac: The Year of the Snake” with prolific producer Bernie Goldmann attached.
Le Vision Pictures USA is the Los Angeles arm of China’s Le Vision Pictures, which is the third largest non-government owned film studio in China by total box office. The studio produced the country’s all-time highest grossing film franchise, “Tiny Times” and co-financed and distributed “The Expendables 2 and 3” in China. They are currently in production on the highest-budget U.S.-China co-production to date, Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall” starring Matt Damon with Legendary East and Universal Pictures.
Le Vision Pictures (LeVP) is owned by Letv, the world’s first technology company to have its video streaming business publicly listed.
Letv is a leading global technology company that converges culture, content, innovation, lifestyle and entertainment around the world in a way no other company to date has been able to do. Letv opens new opportunities for consumers and the technology and entertainment industries with an integrated ecosystem that includes smartphones, TVs, film and entertainment and soon, electric cars. Letv offers a jaw-dropping array of products and experiences that fit perfectly into a broad spectrum of lifestyles—along with exciting content that keeps the innovations fresh, relevant and always compelling. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
About Flying Tigers Entertainment
Flying Tigers Entertainment is the Multi-Platform Film and Animation production company founded by Rob Minkoff and Pietro Ventani. After working for Walt Disney Feature Animation for twelve years culminating in the release of the internationally acclaimed animated blockbuster, The Lion King, Rob left Disney to direct Stuart Little which pioneered the combination of Live Action and CGI character animation. His most recent release, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, is based on characters created by Jay Ward. Pietro Ventani spent more than fifteen years in Media/Entertainment holding a variety of senior management positions for Disney and Sony Pictures in both the Theatrical and Television divisions. His expertise encompasses Marketing and Distribution as well as Finance and Business Development. Flying Tigers Entertainment is currently developing a slate of Animation and Live Action projects for theatrical, television and online distribution.
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 12:58 PM
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Petulant, petty, puerile, cowardly yet arrogant, incredibly vain, and prone to violent temper tantrums, struggling would-be actor Caesar Denovio is once again the "Ren" to lovable slob Otto's "Stimpy" in their latest laugh-packed horror comedy, CAESAR AND OTTO'S PARANORMAL HALLOWEEN (2015).
As the hapless half-brothers, Dave Campfield and Paul Chomicki first hit the screen in a reality TV spoof that was aptly titled CAESAR AND OTTO. After that, they veered into slasher territory with CAESAR AND OTTO'S SUMMER CAMP MASSACRE and CAESAR AND OTTO'S DEADLY XMAS while paying homage to classic horror in the short films CAESAR AND OTTO IN THE HOUSE OF DRACULA and CAESAR AND OTTO MEET DRACULA'S LAWYER. Here, they're back in action facing more supernatural perils in their most fast-moving mashup of the horror genre yet.
The story starts off running with a hysterical spoof of HALLOWEEN that SCARY MOVIE wishes it had thought of. In addition to the ghastly sight of Caesar and Otto dressed in drag so that they can score high-paying babysitter jobs, we also get a jab at Dr. Phil thrown in for good measure. And this is before the credits have even rolled.
Before long the boys find themselves house-sitting for highly unpopular governor Jerry Grayson (series stalwart Ken MacFarlane, THE MILLENNIUM BUG) in a dream mansion that seems too good to be true. What the governor fails to mention is that it's haunted. I mean really, really haunted.
This is just the jumping off point for director and co-writer Campfield to start lampooning every fright flick from THE SHINING to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY to INSIDIOUS to THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. THE EXORCIST is given its due when the boys' roguish dad Fred (Scott Aguilar) shows up and gets possessed (actually, it turns out he's just extremely drunk) which draws the questionable involvement of priests Sean Whalen (LAID TO REST) and Deron Miller (SUMMER CAMP MASSACRE, DEADLY XMAS).
As usual, rank silliness is elevated to a sort of rough-hewn art form in this installment of the ongoing series, with sharp editing and a cartoon-like pace giving it the giddy feel of a live-action Looney Tune. The gags are non-stop with barely a breath between them, and most of them score (if not a guffaw, then at least a knowing titter).
Production values, while still not quite on the level of a Spielberg film, are the most lavish for an entry in this series. This is probably Dave Campfield's best work as a filmmaker so far (although his first film, the serious thriller DARK CHAMBER, continues to impress).
Besides its inventive script, the film's main strength is a cast that many indy filmmakers would die for. Scream queens Tiffany Shepis (BONNIE AND CLYDE VS. DRACULA), Debbie Rochon (THE THEATER BIZARRE), and Brinke Stevens (JONAH LIVES) are on hand along with SLEEPAWAY CAMP's Felissa Rose and Beverly Randolph of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Vernon Wells (THE ROAD WARRIOR's iconic "Wez") shows up as an axe-wielding psycho in a creepy old 8mm film the Denovios discover in a hidden room. Rising stars JamieLee Ackerman and Josephine Iannece make an impression as the mansion's mysterious cook and gardener. And as the titular non-heroes, Campfield and Chomicki just might be the greatest comedy duo since Abbott and Costello.
The DVD from WildEye Releasing is in anamorphic widescreen with 2.0 sound. No subtitles. A wealth of bonus features include two commentary tracks (one with Campfield, Ackerman, and Iannece, the other featuring Chomicki and other cast and crew), a gag reel, a tribute to the late Robert Z'Dar, trailers, behind the scenes videos and podcasts, and the delightful "Son of Piggyzilla" trilogy of shorts about everyone's favorite giant carnivorous guinea pig.
Several cool Easter Eggs can also be found on the various menus. Click on everything! (I'm even mentioned in one of them!)
All the slapstick gore and goofy thrills you expect from a Caesar and Otto flick, and then some, are lurking in the delirious CAESAR AND OTTO'S PARANORMAL HALLOWEEN. So check it out, but beware--you just might die laughing.
Buy it at Amazon.com
Posted by Porfle Popnecker at 8:43 PM