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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Horror Posters & Original Artwork To Be Sold At Auction




HORROR POSTERS & ORIGINAL ARTWORK TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION
 

Extensive collection of horror posters and original artwork to be sold in upcoming Prop Store auction on Tuesday 25th June 2019

    Over 70 lots of horror genre posters and artwork will go under the hammer
    Lots include original concept artwork for Evil Dead II (1987) estimated to sell for £1,500 -2,000
    The auction will feature one of only 75 Mondo “wood” posters for The Mummy (1932) estimated to sell between £300 - 500 plus 10 other Mondo horror Lots
    There are seven lots from Hammer Studios including a poster for Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) and artwork for The Anniversary (1968)
    Original artwork and posters from Graham Humphreys including Bride of Chucky (1998), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and the withdrawn A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 (1988)
    Prop Store’s Cinema Poster Live Auction will offer a range of cinema posters and artwork worth over £170,000



Mike Bloomfield, Prop Store’s Poster Consultant, commented on the upcoming auction – “We have a huge horror collection with over 70 lots. There are some fabulous posters and some rare pieces of artwork too covering films from 1932 to 2010. This represents a real opportunity for fans of the horror genre. We expect great interest in the over 400 lots at Prop Store’s Cinema Poster Live Auction on Tuesday 25th June.”

Prop Store’s Poster Auction will feature some classic horror posters:

    A Nightmare on Elm Street UK Quad Poster (1984) Estimate £200 - 300
    The Bride of Frankenstein Poster (1935) Mondo re-release Estimate £100 - 200
    The Fly (1958) / Return of The Fly (1959) Estimate £600 - 700
    The Brides of Dracula (1960) re-release Estimate £600 - 800


The auction will be live-streamed online for fans to track the bidding on auction day. Registration and bidding is now open. Bids can be placed online at https://ukm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/187/, over the phone or in person.

Prop Store’s Cinema Poster Live Auction will take place at their UK facility, Great House Farm, Chenies, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 6EP on Tuesday 25th June 2019 from 12:00pm


                                                                                     
About Prop Store
Prop Store sells original movie props and costumes and related memorabilia, regularly hosting live and online auctions. Over 7,500 items are also available for sale at fixed price on propstore.com. Registration is now open at propstore.com. Online proxy bids can be submitted now.

Operating since 1998, Prop Store founder Stephen Lane’s love for movies led him to begin hunting for the same props and costumes that were used to create his favourite films. He found that he could not only provide collectors with access to their most coveted pieces, but also establish archival standards for a new, pop-culture hybrid of fine art and memorabilia collecting – prop art. Prop Store handles prop disposal, sale, archive and auction services to production companies and distributors as well as fixed price item sale on its website.




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ZEPPO's Best Moments In "Horse Feathers" (Marx Brothers, 1932) (video)




Zeppo fans always enjoy seeing him get more to do in the Marx Brothers' films.
In this one he plays Groucho's son, an amorous college student.

He's also the romantic interest for leading lady Thelma Todd.

His fans much prefer him in that role than their later co-stars.


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!



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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

"AMITYVILLE 1974" -- Casey La Scala Heads to Amityville with Wonderfilm




"AMITYVILLE 1974"

Wonderfilm is Heading to Amityville with Casey La Scala at the Helm

 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (June 17, 2019) -- The Wonderfilm Media Corporation announced today that it has green lit the horror film “Amityville 1974” to begin principal photography in November of this year.

The film is based on the real life tragedy that spawned THE AMITYVILLE HORROR novel and subsequent films when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family on a fateful November night. This tragedy was seared into the minds of the public consciousness by writer Jay Anson, whose book “The Amityville Horror” recounted the terror experienced by a family moving into the house in 1975 but fleeing after 28 days driven out by hostile supernatural forces. Wonderfilm’s Amityville 1974 will tell the story of the DeFeo’s horrifying murderous rampage.

Casey La Scala (Donnie Darko, The Remaining) will direct from a script he wrote. Jeff Bowler and Shaun Redick (Get Out/ Blackkklansman) will produce for Wonderfilm. Todd Garner(Tag/Mortal Kombat) will also produce. Bret Saxon and Yvette Yates will Executive Produce.


Wonderfilm’s sister company, Wonderfilm Global, will launch worldwide sales at TIFF, while currently negotiating with domestic theatrical distributors. Wonderfilm is fully financing the picture.

“We are beyond thrilled to introduce Amityville 1974. Casey has a truly unique and terrifying vision for the fright franchise and audiences will experience horror like never before with this film,” said Jeff Bowler, founding partner of Wonderfilm Media.

“This is a story that takes its jumping off point from the true facts surrounding the Defeo tragedy, but also focuses on the human drama that took place inside a family as they were relentlessly stalked by a terrifying evil .” said Casey La Scala

La Scala adapted and will produce the inspirational book “Fly a Little Higher” for Warner Brothers Studios which goes into production this year with Justin Baldoni(five feet apart) directing.

La Scala is repped by Paradigm and Ziffren, Brittenham.


About Wonderfilm Media
Wonderfilm is a leading publicly traded (TSX Venture Exchange) entertainment company with offices in Beverly Hills, Vancouver, Canada and Seoul, South Korea. Wonderfilm’s main business is the production of high-quality feature films and episodic television that offer international appeal through the Company’s guiding philosophy of bringing new financing solutions to an entertainment industry increasingly looking for funding and co-production alternatives.



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"THE BANANA SPLITS MOVIE"! They Are Back With A Vengence! See The Trailer HERE!




Hanna-Barbera's Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky, and Drooper Star in an All-New Horror Movie

"THE BANANA SPLITS MOVIE"

 Available on Digital August 13th
On Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD August 27th

 

BURBANK, CA (June 18, 2019) – One banana, two banana, three banana, GORE! The cult-favorite animal rock-band from Hanna-Barbera’s 1968 The Banana Splits Adventure Hour variety program is back with a blood-spattered vengeance! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you The Banana Splits Movie, an original feature-length film on Digital on August 13, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 27, 2019. The movie is priced to own at $19.99 SRP for Digital, $24.98 SRP for Blu-ray Combo Pack ($34.97 in Canada), $19.98 SRP for the DVD ($24.99 in Canada).

The Banana Splits Movie will offer a new take on the classic characters. The film follows a boy named Harley and his family as they go to a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley. But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom and their new pals safely escape?

WATCH THE TRAILER:



“Get nostalgic and horrified all at the same time while watching the trippy 60’s characters in this all-new tale about fear, power, and an oversized puppet rock-band,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation. The Banana Splits Movie is a throwback to a fanatical children’s series with a horror-genre twist — and we can’t wait for the band to get back together for a new generation of fans!”

The Banana Splits Movie stars Dani Kind (Wyonna Earp) as Beth, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong (The Kindness of Strangers) as Harley, Romeo Carere as Austin, Steve Lund (Street Legal, Schitt’s Creek) as Mitch, and Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries, A Series of Unfortunate Events, War for the Planet of the Apes) as Rebecca. The beloved Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky and Drooper are voiced by Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Woody Woodpecker, UniKitty!). The film is written by Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas (Raven’s Home, My Super Psycho Sweet 16) and directed by Danishka Esterhazy (Level 16) with music by Patrick Stumph (Fall Out Boy, Gnome Alone). The movie is produced by Blue Ribbon Content in association with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SYFY. The Banana Splits Movie will make its broadcast debut on SYFY later this year.


DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

    Banana Splits: Behind the Horror

DIGITAL AND BLU-RAY COMBO PACK SPECIAL FEATURES

    Banana Splits: Behind the Horror
    Terror on Set
    Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre

DIGITAL
The Banana Splits Movie will be available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

BASICS
Digital Release: August 13, 2019
Blu-ray/DVD Release: August 27, 2019
Order Due Date: July 23, 2019
Blu-ray and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx. 86 min
Enhanced Content: Approx. 15 min

UNITED STATES

DVD
Price: $19.98 SRP
1 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)

BLU-RAY
Price: $24.98 SRP
1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD + Digital Copy
BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

CANADA

DVD
Price: $24.99 SRP
1 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English

BLU-RAY
Price: $34.97 SRP
1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD
BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
Subtitles – English


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.

About SYFY
SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. The brand is powered by SYFY WIRE (www.syfy.com), the premier portal for breaking genre news, insight and commentary. SYFY is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Blue Ribbon Content
Formed in 2014, Warner Bros. Television Group’s Blue Ribbon Content (BRC) develops and produces live-action series for digital platforms, tapping the creative talent already working at the Studio while also identifying opportunities for collaboration with new writers and producers. In addition to live-action programming, BRC produces animated content and also experiments with emerging platforms such as virtual reality. Live-action BRC programs include digital feature Daphne and Velma for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, comedies Beerfest and JoJoHead for CW Seed, SpringHill Entertainment’s basketball documentary series Best Shot for YouTube Red and the following upcoming projects: the second season of the UNINTERRUPTED comedy Now We’re Talking, Golden Revenge, and the feature-length comedy Good Girls Get High. Animated BRC programs include Constantine: City of Demons and Freedom Fighters: The Ray for CW Seed, as well as Ginger Snaps for ABC Digital.


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Elmer Bernstein's Early Sci-Fi/Horror Themes: "Robot Monster" and "Cat Women of the Moon" (1953) (video)




Before scoring such classics as THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE GREAT ESCAPE, and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN...

...Elmer Bernstein supplied the music for the notorious ROBOT MONSTER and CAT-WOMEN OF THE MOON.


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Monday, June 17, 2019

Saddest Scene In Any Superman Movie: Here For A Reason, "Superman" (1978) (video)




Young Clark Kent (Jeff East) is confused about his purpose in life.

He has a heart-to-heart talk with his foster father Jonathan Kent (Glenn Ford)...

...who helps put things in perspective for him.

But it's the last exchange they'll ever have.


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Sunday, June 16, 2019

"END TRIP" -- Terror Films to Release Critically Acclaimed Ride-Share Horror Thriller on June 21st! See Trailer HERE!




Los Angeles, CA (Monday, June 17th, 2019): TERROR FILMS has acquired worldwide rights to the chilling ride-share feature film END TRIP.

Aaron Jay Rome wears multiple hats in his critically acclaimed horror-thriller. Rome not only wrote, directed and produced the film, he also stars in the film as Brandon, a ride-share driver working for URYDE. On an otherwise quiet night, Brandon picks up Judd (Dean West). But unlike the usual pick-up and drop-off scenario, Judd explains that he recently went through a messy breakup and asks Brandon if he’d mind just driving around the city while they talk. Brandon agrees, offering an empathetic ear to Judd. As they continue to drive into the night Brandon and Judd appear to be forging a new found friendship. However beneath it all there is more to this ride-share than meets the eye and for one of them - this ride will be their last.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:




END TRIP has a large cast. The co-stars include: Ashley Lenz, Jaren Mitchell and Michelle West. Dean, who also produced the film with Rome, will next be seen co-starring in the Blumhouse & Universal horror film The Hunt.

TERROR FILMS has set the release date for Friday, June 21st, 2019. The film will roll out in North America on Prime Video and Vudu, initially. This release will be followed by another in the coming months, across multiple platforms such as Google Play, Vudu, TUBI TV, Roku and many more. International platforms iFlix and Horrify will also show the release, at a future date. A DVD release will take place later this year.  For now, film fans can check out the official poster and trailer, courtesy of TERROR FILMS and be sure to watch END TRIP when it hits platforms on June 21st. It may change your mind about using a ride share service.


The film’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EndTripMovie/

More on Terror Films visit: www.terrorfilms.net

And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC/

ABOUT TERROR FILMS
Terror Films is a genre distribution company specializing in the release of diverse, award-winning indie horror films from around the world. Terror Films’ releases are available on over 20 platforms across 50 countries.









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ZEPPO's Best Moments In "Monkey Business" (Marx Brothers, 1931) (video)




Zeppo fans agree that the youngest Marx Brother never really got his due.

But he has more to do than usual in "Monkey Business" and it's all good.

Zeppo's fans prefer him over any of the Marx Brothers' other romantic leads.


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Saturday, June 15, 2019

LONERS -- Movie Review by Porfle



If you are or have ever been a loner, chances are you may identify with at least one of the lead characters in the 2019 indie comedy LONERS. 

Especially when they become perilously persecuted for their solitary tendencies, forced to wear a tracking headband emblazoned with a big red "L" and capable of delivering electric shocks, and assigned to group therapy presided over by a hippy-dippy dork with a remote electro-zap button in case you don't get with the program.

Yes, it's a dystopian near-future where the government has decided that too many mass killings are committed by "loners" and the best way to stop them is to identify all the loners in society (or rather out of it) and force them to be sociable.


But of course it's not as clear-cut as that, which we learn watching some of the people in charge of the program and seeing how messed up they are as they eavesdrop on those they deem unstable.

There are, in fact, various factions at odds with each other both in and out of the Department of Homeland Security, one of them played by familiar character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (GROUNDHOG DAY), which lends Neil McGowan's screenplay some of its interesting elements of mystery.

But the real fun here is meeting the group of loners and watching them trying to deal with it all as they attend the insufferable group therapy sessions with all their fake cheer and idiotic role-playing games designed to teach everyone how to mingle with others and enjoy their company. 


This is a generally irascible bunch who enjoy their solitude, so seeing them chafe as their flaky group leader flits around conducting "get to know ya" exercises, all the time with his finger on the remote zapper, is very amusing.

And then there's the weekly "poker night" where everyone gets together at someone's apartment and holds hands for an hour because they've found that this somehow fulfills their physical interaction quota for the week and keeps the SWAT squad from breaking their doors down. 

It's fun listening to them bicker endlessly about every little thing, especially since we know that these misfits are eventually going to form a modest rebel alliance against the state.  A new member of the group, Senise (Melissa Paladino), shakes things up and helps build a fire under the others until they finally start trying to overcome their personal differences and work together.


It's the first feature by director Eryc Tramonn, who has a snappy visual style that keeps even the more static scenes moving.  The cast is filled with outstanding actors including Paladino, Brian Letscher as failed athlete Lincoln Chalk, scripter McGowan as timid weakling Dabney Spargle, Tyson Turrou as hostile landscaper Tanner, Brenda Davidson as mousey librarian Franny, and Khary Payton as Jeremy, who's too crazy even for their motley group of misfits.

We get to watch their progress from one session to another as this talented ensemble perform their characters as though they've been doing it on the theater stage for awhile (some scenes, in fact, make this feel like a well-written play adapted for the screen). 

Senise's attempts to get her group peers to form a deeper interest in each other's personal lives are also filled with funny moments and even a few that veer  close to actual drama.  (Albeit, thankfully, not too close.)

Just as the film seems to be sticking strictly to light comedy and satire, however, the shadowy government figures behind the "loners" program move against its organized opposition with our heroes right in the middle, leading to a suspenseful, surprising, and even twisty final sequence that really ties this modestly mirthful romp up in a nice bow.  And needless to say, LONERS is the ideal comedy to watch by yourself.


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Eeriest Scene In A John Wayne Western? "Randy Rides Alone" (1934) (video)




After a long ride, Randy (John Wayne) spots a remote but familiar saloon...

...and eagerly goes in to visit an old friend.

But when he gets inside...

...an eerie scene awaits.




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Friday, June 14, 2019

"DON'T LOOK...A WRONG TURN TO HELL" -- Curtis K . Case stars in the Violently Chilling Horror -- See Trailer HERE!




CURTIS K. CASE STARS IN THE VIOLENTLY CHILLING HORROR FILM

"DON'T LOOK...A WRONG TURN TO HELL"

NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON PRIME


Newly released, DON'T LOOK, stars Curtis K. Case who plays Alex, a nervous, self-conscious man busy trying to find the courage to take his relationship to the next level... but in order to survive the weekend, he's going to need a much different kind of courage.

"Don't Look" finds five friends leaving New York City for what they thought to be a relaxing Thanksgiving getaway in the country, and by the end of the trip, they will be thankful to escape with their lives. The group encounters a murderous local whose weekend plans are far more sinister than anything they could have ever imagined.

WATCH THE TRAILER


Directed by Luciana Faulhaber and written by Jessica Eshelman and Danielle Killay, this female-directed twist on the 1980s slasher flick is sure to keep your heart rate rising while surprising you at every turn.

"It was exciting working with such a talented ensemble," said Case. "Especially on a female-driven project. We were all incredibly aware of how important it was to deliver solid performances and make a movie that proves woman can make slasher films just as well as the guys."

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My Favorite Harpo Marx Moment Ever! ("Monkey Business", 1931) (video)




Gang boss J.J. "Big Joe" Helton (Rockliffe Fellowes) is a proud father...

...introducing his beloved daughter Mary at a party, and...

...Harpo makes an unexpected appearance. 


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Thursday, June 13, 2019

LOLA -- DVD Review by Porfle




When LOLA (Indiepix, 198?) was over, I felt a bit as though I'd just been released from custody. Watching it is almost a punitive experience, not so much "entertainment" as punishment for whatever bad thing you've done in the past that you thought you'd gotten away with.

Not to say that I didn't find it interesting, as I do all of the Retro Afrika films from the 1980s-90s which were made for black audiences during South African apartheid. As a cultural artifact, it has the same kind of fascination common to these films which, thankfully, are now being restored and preserved for posterity.

Most of them, however, are way more fun to watch because they really try hard to imitate Hollywood films of various genres (action, crime thriller, martial arts, comedy, even science fiction) but with no budgets or resources, resulting in amateurish yet engaging efforts that are often quite endearing.


LOLA is, in fact, the first of these apartheid-era films which I found truly difficult to finish.  The sparse story could have been thoroughly explored in ten minutes, and as far as technique goes, I've seen security-cam footage that was more cinematic.

Indeed, many scenes are simply master shots so interminable that we begin to feel as though we're keeping the characters under surveillance, waiting for them to do something worthy of attention. There's minimal editing, and most of the dialogue is clearly improvised chatter that goes on for minutes at a time. 

The actors do seem quite comfortable in front of the camera, and have no trouble keeping up these lengthy conversations while in character.  Director Tony Cunningham is content to just aim the camera at them and let it run, as one would while taking the kind of home movie footage that puts your houseguests to sleep.


As for the story, we meet Lola (Constance Shangase) and her high school friends pondering where to go to university after graduation, which is the subject of the first long dialogue scene set in their homeroom at school.  Then, while walking home, they're taunted by a gang of no-account dropouts (one of whom has a crush on Lola), and the two disparate groups challenge each other to a volleyball match.

What follows are extra-long scenes of Lola's gang discussing and making plans about the big game and the after-party, as well as whatever else they can think of to gab about while pretending to drink big cups of tea. 

In a way, these scenes are almost mind-blowing in their incredible blandness and lack of noteworthy content.  When one finally ends, another begins, and the cycle is repeated yet again.


A couple of training scenes break the monotony a bit, and, eventually, game day arrives.  Lola, her BFF, and their three male friends take on the five-man team of arrogant dropouts in a match that's little more than ten people who don't really play volleyball all that well bouncing it around until it's time to declare the winner. 

Oh yeah, they take a break at halftime during which their teacher (the only white cast member, who speaks English) serves snacks on a plate and asks everyone to please return the peels.  Will everyone return their peels? That's about as suspenseful as the scene gets.

But it's not over yet. There's still the after-party, during which the ten of them squeeze into a tiny room for some awkward dancing and socializing. Then, incredibly, it's back to the schoolroom for another ten-minute random dialogue scene that meanders on until a merciful jump-cut to the closing credits.


Not only was I proud of my endurance, but, strangely enough, the film managed to deliver that same kind of fascination which all of the Retro Afrika titles do, not only as cultural artifacts but as examples of filmmakers putting actual movies together with less money and resources than most people spend on lunch.

And yes, I can imagine black South African apartheid-era teens having quite a good time sitting in a theater watching this harmless comedy, getting off on seeing characters like them with whom they can identify, and basking in its familiar, feel-good ambience.

LOLA is a film so obscure that it can't be found on IMDb and there's barely any reference to it at all online. Nobody even knows exactly what year it was made. But here it is, a survivor making it onto DVD in 2019 when so many of its kind have been lost, and in its own small, utterly unimposing way, I found watching it to be time well spent.


Buy it at Amazon.com

Format: NTSC
Language: Zulu, some English (subtitles)
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Indiepix Films
DVD Release Date: June 11, 2019
Run Time: 75 minutes
Bonus: Trailer





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"CREATING WOODSTOCK" Documentary Tells Story Behind How It All Really Happened In 1969




CREATING WOODSTOCK

As the future of Woodstock 50 remains uncertain, a new documentary shows how festival founders made the unimaginable possible in 1969


Los Angeles, CA (June 11, 2019) – With the future of the highly anticipated Woodstock 50 music festival unclear, a younger generation may not know that the original “Three Days of Peace and Music” were also plagued by uncertainty, last-minute venue changes, a lack of headliners and permits… and in fact it almost didn’t happen! With more than 70 hours of interviews with Woodstock producers, planners, and performers – director Mick Richards, who attended the 1969 festival as a teenager, has created the most comprehensive and deeply researched look back at how the event came to be in CREATING WOODSTOCK.

Three decades in the making, CREATING WOODSTOCK resurrects the original site blueprints, features interviews with the founders of Woodstock Ventures – John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Michael Lang, and Artie Kornfield – and takes viewers from the initial idea of the “happening” to the moments when the last festival goer stumbled off Max Yasgur’s once pastural alfalfa field. Cinema Libre Studio has acquired the feature length documentary for a late July release.


“The producers, and everybody working on the original festival 50 years ago, somehow made it happen,” says Mick Richards, director of CREATING WOODSTOCK. “They were the finest production talent of their time and through professionalism, strength of will and sheer tenacity the festival happened, with a few minor glitches. So just like in ‘69, I’m confident that if there is a way to bring Woodstock 50 to fruition, the producers will find it.”

The documentary features never-before-seen private film and rare archival video footage, original interviews with key figures, and uncovered photographs that show just how much went in to pulling off the impossible. First-hand accounts of little known stories are woven throughout the film, such as when Jimi Hendrix was stranded at the airport and hitched a ride to the site, or when a bank manager was awoken in the middle of the night to get money to pay The Who, which then needed to be helicoptered to them before they would go on stage – much like the personal supply of strawberries that Janis Joplin required.

Synopsis: For three days in August 1969, nearly a half-million young people descended upon Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York for the rock ‘n’ roll event that defined a generation. Mythologized for 50 years, the filmmakers set the record straight with "Creating Woodstock,” the most comprehensive examination of how the festival came to be using original interviews with key figures, rare archival footage and unearthed photographs.



The founders of Woodstock Ventures – John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Michael Lang, and Artie Kornfeld – along with the best production talent on either coast, including John Morris, Bill Belmont, Mel Lawrence, and Chip Monck recall moments from the initial idea for the festival, to the search for a suitable site and then the race to build a venue, promote the event and, most importantly, book the bands.

Find out why the Grateful Dead wanted a “do over" and Crosby, Stills & Nash weren’t going to show up, why The Who refused to play and Jimi Hendrix almost didn’t make it, and how it turned into a free concert. Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, and Leslie West recount their experiences, including performing on a stage that nearly collapsed, and learn how a 15-year-old girl may have saved the festival from being shut down entirely!

Trailer: www.CreatingWoodstock.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CreatingWoodstock
Directed by: Mick Richards

Audio: STEREO  |  Ratio: 16x9  |  Region: 0  |  Genre: Documentary  |  TRT:  111 mins  |  Language: English  |  Rating: Unrated


ABOUT CINEMA LIBRE
Cinema Libre Studio is a full-service mini-studio known for producing and distributing high caliber feature films and social impact documentaries.  Headquartered in the Los Angeles area, the team has released over 200 films.

cinemalibrestudio.com  | facebook.com/cinemalibrestudio | twitter.com/cinemalibre


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Who Turned Out The Lights On The Three Stooges? (video)




One of our favorite running gags in Stooges comedies...

...is when the lights keep going on and off during a fight.

You never know what you'll see when they come back on.


NUTTY BUT NICE (1940)
NO DOUGH BOYS (1944)
WHO DONE IT? (1949)


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"MANIFEST DESTINY DOWN: SPACE TIME" -- Sneak Preview Available HERE!




"MANIFEST DESTINY DOWN: SPACE TIME"

He entangled their universe.
She entangled his heart.


In this absurdist satire, an awkward OCD physics genius and an ex-Catholic sorority girl wake up after blacking out Halloween night to discover they missed the evacuation of Earth.


A mysterious agent pursues the feuding couple as they figure out how to work together to solve the recently entangled multi-verse and ultimately try to save humanity from AI.

SEE SNEAK PREVIEW HERE

VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE





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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

ONE MORE SHOT -- DVD Review by Porfle




It's hard to explain why I look forward to these Retro Afrika DVD restorations from Indiepix so much.  They're no-budget, totally amateurish productions that imitate Hollywood films on a home movie level, and are often hilariously bad.

But they're often so bad they're good, which is why movies such as ONE MORE SHOT (1984) are so perversely entertaining to me. Granted, those who demand that their viewing material actually be "good" or at least "competent" might well be expected to run the other way as fast as they can. But they'd be missing out on the fun.

Made specifically for black South African audiences who were denied entrance to mainstream theaters during Apartheid, these films are simple, earnest efforts to entertain using practically non-existent resources.


Just seeing how the filmmakers and their players struggle to overcome such drawbacks to produce something worth running through a projector for paying audiences is interesting in itself. And I find it fascinating to see what they were able to come up with.

This time, burly bad guy Tap Tap gets out of prison with one desire: to get revenge on famed kickboxer Johnny Tough, whose testimony sent him up the river. Tap Tap goes to sinister (but in an amusing way) nightclub owner and human trafficker Fly for help, so Fly has the daughter of Johnny's lawyer kidnapped to force him to divulge the location of Johnny's secluded ranch where he trains with his Asian martial arts buddy Chan.

Fly sends three strongmen out to Johnny's ranch, setting up the first in a series of action scenes that have to be seen to be disbelieved.  This is the kind of stuff that kids do in the front yard after watching a kung-fu movie, consisting of a lot flailing hands and feet punctuated by loud "thwack!" sound effects.  Johnny's biggest talent is doing backflips, which don't really help in a fight but look pretty good in slow-motion.


The big finale takes place at Fly's country estate where he's conducting a transaction with a visiting shiek who's in the market to purchase several young kidnapped women.  Johnny and Chan take on all the guards in various slap-fight vignettes, showcasing some of the worst fight choreography ever, until finally it's just between them and the main bad guys.

Technically, ONE MORE SHOT is a mess, even more so than the previous Retro Afrika films I've seen, with more meandering sequences to pad the 59-minute running time such as an opening duo doing incredibly limp breakdancing in Fly's club for eight minutes before the plot even starts. 

Johnny and Chan's training sequence offers another musical montage, as does a long helicopter ride with Fly and the Arab shiek out to the country estate, all accompanied by bad 80s-era techno (including a title song).


As usual, all of this ineptitude is both endearing and strangely compelling as all involved work to put a watchable movie together. When the plot finally gets a head of steam going, the fight scenes (interspersed with shots of Fly displaying his female wares to the shiek) come one right after another.

The cast do their best and are fun to watch. They're much more racially mixed this time--most films in the series have almost all-black casts with the occasional white actor, but this time it's a pretty even mix. 

The clumsy dialogue is all in English this time, another rarity, but with subtitles to help us with the heavy accents.  Two talented Retro Afrika faves, leading man Innocent "Popo" Gamede and comedy star Hector Methanda (ISIBOSHWA, UMBANGO, RICH GIRL) are sorely missed. 

As I've often emphasized, films such as ONE MORE SHOT can be a real hoot, but only if you're inclined to appreciate them for what they are--simple, charmingly amateurish attempts to create entertainment practically out of thin air.  If you're open to that, then this should be yet another chance to have some really offbeat film-watching fun.



Buy it at Amazon.com

Format: NTSC
Language: English (with subtitles)
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Indiepix Films
DVD Release Date: June 11, 2019
Run Time: 59 minutes
Bonus: Trailer





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The Journey Continues As "SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE FOURTEENTH SEASON" Comes To Blu-ray & DVD September 10




The Longest-Running Sci-Fi Series in U.S. Television History!

SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE FOURTEENTH SEASON

Own it on Blu-rayTM and DVD September 10, 2019

Contains All 20 Episodes From Season Fourteen, Plus Over Two Hours of Bonus Content Including Two All-New Featurettes!


BURBANK, CA (June 12, 2019) – Reunited, and it feels so good! Or does it? The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester brothers continues as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 10, 2019. The sets contains all 20 exhilarating episodes from Season 14 - including the landmark 300th episode “Lebanon,” featuring the return of Sam and Dean’s father John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)! The discs are loaded with over two hours of bonus content including two all-new featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and audio commentaries from the cast and producers.  Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season is priced to own at $44.98 SRP for the DVD (C$52.99/Canada) and $49.99 SRP for the Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy (C$57.99/Canada - Digital Copy not available in Canada). Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season is also currently available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. The boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones in all twenty thrilling new adventures, including a historic 300th episode, with a Winchester family reunion never to be forgotten.

“After fourteen captivating seasons on the air, Supernatural remains a ratings leader for the The CW and retains an enormously loyal fan base," said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. "We’re excited to offer the show’s ravenous fans the latest season to add to their Blu-ray and DVD collections – loaded with over 2 hours of all-new behind-the-scenes bonus content – ahead of the highly anticipated final season on The CW."

Supernatural has spawned several novels, magazines, comics, games and an anime series and stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th, Gilmore Girls) and Jensen Ackles (Smallville, My Bloody Valentine) as Sam and Dean Winchester, with Misha Collins (24; Girl Interrupted) as Castiel, Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Dexter, Capote) as Lucifer and Alexander Calvert (Arrow, The Edge of Seventeen) as his son, Jack. Created by Eric Kripke (Revolution, Timeless), the fourteenth season of the hit series was executive produced by Robert Singer (Timecop, Lois & Clark), Andrew Dabb, Phil Sgriccia (Smallville), and Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming (Lois & Clark). Produced by Kripke Enterprises, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural returns for its fifteenth and final season this fall on The CW.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season will be released in 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 3-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of all 20 episodes from season fourteen.

SPECIAL FEATURES

    Supernatural Homecoming: Exploring Episode 300 (NEW Featurette)
    The Winchester Mythology: The Choices We Make (NEW Featurette)
    Supernatural: 2018 Comic-Con Panel
    Audio Commentaries with Talent & Producers
    Deleted Scenes
    Gag Reel


20 ONE-HOUR EPISODES
1.   Stranger in a Strange Land
2.   Gods and Monsters
3.   The Scar
4.   Mint Condition
5.   Nightmare Logic
6.   Optimism
7.   Unhuman Nature
8.   Byzantium
9.   The Spear
10. Nihilism
11. Damaged Goods
12. Prophet and Loss
13. Lebanon (300th episode)
14. Ouroboros
15. Peace of Mind
16. Don't Go in the Woods
17. Game Night
18. Absence
19. Jack in the Box
20. Moriah

DIGITAL
The fourteenth season of Supernatural is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

BASICS
Street Date: September 10, 2019
Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx. 880 min. /Enhanced Content: Approx. 127 min.

UNITED STATES

DVD
Price: $44.98 SRP
5 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1), Portuguese
Subtitles – ESDH, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Thai
Catalog # 1000733883
UPC # 883929657896

BLU-RAY
Price: $49.99 SRP
3 BD-50s
1080p Full HD Video, DTS-HD Master
Audio 5.1 – English (5.1), Portuguese
Subtitles – ESDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Catalog # 1000733882
UPC # 883929657889

CANADA

DVD
Price: C$52.99 SRP
Catalog# 1000733883
UPC# 883929657896

BLU-RAY
Price: C$57.99 SRP
Catalog# 1000744720
UPC# 883929684137


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.


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Does the Monster In The Closet Live Up To The Build-Up? ("Brain That Wouldn't Die", 1962) (video)




(spoilers!)

Virginia Leith's talking head is the star of this film, but...


...the real monster is the unseen thing locked in the closet.

He's referred to with utmost dread throughout the film.

It would be hard to live up to, especially for a low-budget horror film.

At last, we get to see him in the film's finale.

And even with a sub-par makeup job...

...the 8' 9" giant Eddie Carmel can't help but make an impression in the role.


I don't own or claim any rights to any of these materials--just having a little fun with them. Thanks for watching!



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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #42: Compacted Car, "McQ" (1974) (video)




Rogue cop McQ (John Wayne) has been irritating the bad guys, as usual.

So the big drug boss in town arranges a surprise for him.

It involves two big rigs driving at each other head-on in an alley...

...with McQ's little green car right between them...

...and it's getting smaller and smaller with each metal-rending smash.


I don't own or claim any rights to any of these materials--just having a little fun with them. Thanks for watching!


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Monday, June 10, 2019

Just Announced: "THE SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC"& "THE SWAN PRINCESS 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION" Coming Soon -- Watch Sneak Peek HERE!




CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF A BELOVED ANIMATED FRANCHISE AND WELCOME ITS NEWEST ENCHANTING CHAPTER

"THE SWAN PRINCESS"
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL 4K HDR OCTOBER 29
 

"THE SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC"
COMES TO DVD AND DIGITAL AUGUST 6


CULVER CITY, CALIF. (JUNE 10, 2019) – In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Golden Globe®-nominated[1] animated classic THE SWAN PRINCESS, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is making the fan-favorite available in brilliant high definition for the first time ever with a collectible anniversary edition Blu-ray and in 4K HDR on digital, both available on October 29th. As fans reminisce over 25 years of the beloved series, they will also be able to enjoy the newest magical installment when THE SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC debuts on DVD and Digital August 6.

WATCH THE SNEAK PEEK HERE:



THE SWAN PRINCESS, a magical, musical animated adventure based on the classic fairy tale "Swan Lake" has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. The winner of the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and the Parents' Choice Award, it's the heartwarming story of the beautiful princess Odette, who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer's spell. Held captive at an enchanted lake, she befriends Jean-Bob the frog, Speed the turtle and Puffin the bird. Despite their struggle to keep the princess safe, these good-natured creatures can do nothing about the sorcerer's spell, which can only be broken by a vow of everlasting love. THE SWAN PRINCESS is bursting with color, dazzling animation, beautiful music and the vocal talents of Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright, Sandy Duncan and Michelle Nicastro.

The 25 anniversary Blu-ray release includes an all-new featurette entitled “A Look Back, Tease Ahead,” plus a variety of additional archival features.

In the newest film in the series, THE SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC, our favorite princesses are back in an all new feature-length musical adventure. Princess Odette is hosting a music competition to celebrate Princess Alise’s birthday - the winner will sing at her grand birthday ball! Prince Li of Cathay has entered, but his sister Princess Mei Li has stowed away on his ship to seek help from Odette and Derek for Chen, who has been cursed to live as a dragon. Lucas and Alise are reunited but Prince Li’s arrival makes Alise doubt her feelings. While Li and Lucas fight for Alise’s heart, Derek and Odette try to help Mei Li and Chen break the curse. Who will win the music festival and will Chen ever be free from his curse?
Included with the Kingdom of Music DVD are interactive sing-alongs featuring two all-new toe-tapping tunes from the film and a behind-the-scenes featurette that explores how the world and characters of the film were brought to life.

THE SWAN PRINCESS has a runtime of approximately 90 minutes. THE SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC has a runtime of approximately 83 minutes. Both films are rated G.





THE SWAN PRINCESS CAST AND CREW
Director: Richard Rich
Executive Producers: Jared Brown and Seldon Young
Co-Executive Producer: Matt Mazer
Co-Producers: Terry Noss and Tom Tobin
Producers: Richard Rich and Jared Brown
Story By: Richard Rich and Brian Nissen
Screenplay By: Brian Nissen
Cast: Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright and Sandy Duncan

THE SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC CAST AND CREW
Director: Richard Rich
Executive Producers: Seldon O. Young, Laura M. Young
Producers: Richard Rich, Seldon O. Young, Jared. F. Brown
Story By: Richard Rich and Brian Nissen
Screenplay By: Brian Nissen
Cast: Nina Herzog, Yuri Lowenthal, Joseph Medrano, Jennifer Miller

FOR MORE INFORMATION
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[1] 1994, Best Original Song – Motion Picture, “Far Longer Than Forever” | Golden Globe® is a registered trademark and service mark of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association 


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"Shemp Gets Tough": A Great 3 Stooges Running Gag (video)




An original member of the Three Stooges, Shemp left for a successful solo career...

...then returned to the act to replace his ailing brother Curly.

One of our favorite Shemp schticks is when he plays the tough guy...

...with a dazzling display of fancy footwork.

"Fright Night" (1947)
"Hold That Lion" (1947) Footage reused in "Loose Loot" (1953)
"Hokus Pokus" 1949) Footage reused in "Flagpole Jitters (1956)
"Baby Sitter Jitters" (1951)
"Corny Casanovas" (1952)


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Sunday, June 9, 2019

"GHOST LIGHT" Starring Cary Elwes, Tom Riley, Roger Bart, Carol Kane, Shannyn Sossamon, and Danielle Campbell




GIANT PICTURES ACQUIRES AWARD-WINNING SUPERNATURAL COMEDY

'GHOST LIGHT'


FOR RELEASE ON ALL DIGITAL HD PLATFORMS, CABLE, AND DVD NATIONWIDE ON JUNE 18


THE FILM WILL BE PRESENTED IN 4K HDR WHERE AVAILABLE

STARRING
CARY ELWES, TOM RILEY, ROGER BART, CAROL KANE, SHANNYN SOSSAMON, DANIELLE CAMPBELL, SCOTT ADSIT, AND STEVE TOM


Shoreline Entertainment Represents the Film for Foreign Sales


Los Angeles, CA - (June 6, 2019) - Giant Pictures, the digital film distribution division of Giant Interactive, has acquired North American digital rights for Ghost Light, a supernatural comedy with a horrifying twist. Directed by John Stimpson and conceived, written, and produced by Stimpson (The Legend of Lucy Keyes, A Christmas Kiss, The Wrong Car) and Geoffrey Taylor (Tempest, Moscow on the Hudson, Down and Out in Beverly Hills), under Stimpson's H9 production banner. Ghost Light is the tale of a disgruntled actor who disregards the superstition surrounding Shakespeare's Macbeth and unwittingly unleashes the play's legendary curse on the troupe, with tragic consequences.

Giant Pictures will release Ghost Light on June 18, 2019 on all digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Movies on Demand through local cable providers, plus DVD nationwide. The film will be presented in 4k HDR where available. Pre-orders are available on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/ghost-light/id1462841145


The filmmakers will attend the Washington D.C. premiere of the film at the historic Folger Theatre in the Folger Shakespeare Library located on Capitol Hill on June 17, and will participate in a Q&A following the screening.  For event information: www.folger.edu/talks

"Delivering fun and scares in equal measure, Ghost Light introduces the myth of the 'Scottish Play' to a whole new generation. We look forward to bringing this delightfully horrifying comedy to audiences everywhere, in magnificent 4K HDR," said Sarah Dawson of Giant Pictures.

Direct trailer link: https://vimeo.com/246136768


The award-winning ensemblecast of Ghost Light stars Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights), Tom Riley (Da Vinci's Demons, The Collection, Starfish, Dark Heart), Roger Bart (Episodes, Revenge, The Producers, American Gangster), Carol Kane (The Princess Bride, Annie Hall, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Shannyn Sossamon (Sleepy Hollow, Wayward Pines, A Knight's Tale, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Rules of Attraction), Danielle Campbell (Tell Me a Story, The Originals, Runaways, Being Frank), Scott Adsit (Big Hero 6, 30 Rock, Moral Orel, The Terminal),and Steve Tom (Major Crimes, Dumb and Dumber To, Funny or Die Presents...).


Rounding out the ensemble cast are: Alex Portenko (Proud Mary), Shelon Best (The Good Wife, Manifest, Person of Interest), Caroline Portu (The Society, American Odyssey),Nolan Gerard Funk (Counterpart, Awkward, Glee, The Canyons), Lilian Klein (Men in Black 3, Super Troopers 2),Zele Avradopoulos (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Ken Cheeseman (Leaves of Grass, The Invention of Lying, Mystic River), Mary Callanan Maureen Keiller (Fever Pitch, Spotlight),and Jason Mulcahy (Castle Rock, Chappaquiddick, Grown Ups 2).

"The idea for Ghost Light came from my years in the theatre and particularly the Hasty Pudding at Harvard. I get such a kick out of the ridiculous but very seriously regarded superstitions that actors believe in. It called out for a comedic approach, but there are necessarily horrific moments. We're dealing with the tragedy of Macbeth after all!", said Stimpson. 

In the movie a band of rag-tag summer stock actors in a traveling Shakespeare company prepare to perform The Tragedy of Macbeth at the rustic Riverside Resort and Theater in the mountains of Western Massachusetts. The troupe includes Alex (Elwes), an inept former soap star with deep pockets; Thomas (Riley), a disgraced former New York theater star; Henry (Bart), the director; and Madeline, played by (Kane), a fading grand dame of the stage, among others. When they arrive at the desolate theater, Thomas and his lover, Liz Beth (Sossamon), wantonly disregard the superstition of "The Scottish Play" and unwittingly trigger its curse when they arrogantly shout the name "Macbeth" on stage. Needless to say, things begin to go awry. In due course, two dotty French Canadian caretakers arrive, followed by a wandering, young Appalachian Trail hiker named Juliet (Campbell), whose seductive charm prompts the cast to invite her to play one of the witches in the production. The terrifying sorcery of the ancient curse that has followed performances of Macbeth for centuries strikes yet again. All's well that ends well... but not for everyone.


Taylor noted that "Our movie  weaves together light-hearted comic fun with a splash of spooky supernatural edge. That was what John and I set out to do and we couldn't be happier with the result. Actors performing Shakespeare badly are the perfect foils for unspooling the curse of Macbeth and audiences have been loving the result at festivals all over. No knowledge about or even taste for Shakespeare is required to enjoy Ghost Light... just sit back and laugh and (occasionally) jump during the wild ride. We had a blast making it and audiences watching it are doing the same."

Ghost Light has been an official selection in several prestigious national and international film festivals, including the Austin Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, and the Monadnock International Film Festival, and won several awards, including: Oxford Film Festival, The Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award for Roger Bart, and the Audience Award for Best Feature; the Austin Film Festival, Jury Award - Dark Matters Best Feature Film; and the Woodstock Film Festival, Special Jury Prize - Best Ensemble Cast.

Ghost Light was produced by Taylor and Stimpson, who was also the film's Editor, along with Executive Producers Jennifer Chisolm and William Earon, Co-Producer Michael O'neil, and Line Producer Luke Ramsey. The filmmaking team included: Director of Photography Terrence Hayes, Production Designer Chad Detwiller, Costume Designer Joanna Murphy, Composer Ed Grenga, and Casting Director Rick Montgomery.


John Nugent and his team at Sandbox VFX in the Berkshires created over 100 special effects shots in the film. Nugent was a VFX supervisor on Lord of the Rings.

The film is represented for North America by CAA, and by Shoreline Entertainment for non-US sales.

Ghost Light ONLINE
 
iTunes pre-orders   https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/ghost-light/id1462841145

https://www.ghostlightmovie.com
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6215446/
https://www.instagram.com/ghostlightmovie/
https://www.facebook.com/GhostLightMov/
https://twitter.com/ghostlightmovie

About GIANT PICTURES
Giant Pictures is a boutique digital distributor based in NYC and Los Angeles, which is dedicated to elevating the digital experience. Working directly with filmmakers and rights owners, Giant distributes movies and TV shows to VOD & OTT platforms in North America and worldwide. Giant is a division of Giant Interactive, an award-winning digital media and technology services company, and is an iTunes Preferred aggregator and encoding house. Recent movie and documentary releases include: '306 Hollywood' (Dir. Elan & Jonathan Bogarin, Sundance 2018), 'Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.' (Dir. Steve Loveridge, Sundance 2018), 'Newness' (Dir. Drake Doremus, starring Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Sundance 2017). Visit us at: www.giant.pictures.com

About the Ghost Light filmmakers
John Stimpson is a producer, writer, director and editor. Having worked extensively in episodic, documentary style television on programs for Discovery, Animal Planet, HGTV and Outdoor Life, Stimpson turned his focus on scripted, narrative content in the early 2000's. Over the last fifteen years he has directed many independent films including The Legend of Lucy Keyes, A Christmas Kiss, Sexting In Suburbia and The Wrong Car among others. His interest in film and television began at Harvard where he majored in Visual and Environmental Studies and was President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He then spent five years as a professional actor in Los Angeles before returning to the East Coast and refocusing his talent on the other side of the lens. Stimpson has directed more than ten features and worked on many others as a writer, editor, producer or consultant.

Geoffrey Taylor is a long-time feature film producer and writer who worked with famed director Paul Mazursky for many years. His films include Tempest, Moscow on the Hudson, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Moon Over Parador, Enemies a Love Story, Faithful and Taking Care of Business. He has produced music by Little Richard and Billy Preston, designed national ad campaigns for his films and produced and directed a documentary for PBS. Over the years he has worked with almost every major studio and a few minor ones. Starting with running his film society at Yale, Taylor earned a law degree from Georgetown and left a career as an LA music lawyer after winning a contest as a comedy writer at Fox Television. In the last decade Taylor has concentrated on his first love, writing, and has written or co-written half a dozen screenplays.

About The Folger Theatre and The Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library, opened in 1932, featured the first replica in North America of an Elizabethan theater, a 250-seat space designed to suggest the inn-yard playing spaces. Founders Henry and Emily Folger envisioned it as a place for the performance of plays in Shakespeare's style, and the first nationally televised broadcast of a Shakespeare play in the U.S. was Julius Caesar from the Folger stage in 1949. Director of Public Programs Janet Alexander Griffin established Folger Theatre in 1991 and has since, as Artistic Producer, produced more than twenty-five seasons of Shakespeare, other plays from the period, and new works, including commissions, inspired by the period. Folger Theatre premiered the original Shakespeare for My Father, Lynn Redgrave's reminiscence of her theatrical family, as well as Roger Rees' What You Will ; co-produced Teller and Aaron Posner's magical Macbeth, released on video; was the first Washington venue to present a production from Shakespeare's Globe from London; and has collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Guthrie, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Third Rail Projects, Bedlam, and other theater companies across the country.   

Since1991, Folger Theatre has been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards with 30 awards and 148 nominations for excellence in acting, direction, design, and production-including the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play in 2007 for Measure for Measure, 2011 for Hamlet (a year in which all three of Folger's theatrical productions were nominated in that category), 2013 for The Taming of the Shrew, and most recently, for the 2016 staging of Sense and Sensibility (which garnered four Helen Hayes Awards).

Folger Shakespeare Library is a renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for research material from the early modern period (1500-1750), Folger Shakespeare Library is an internationally recognized research library which offers advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs -theatre, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs. A gift to the American people from industrialist Henry Clay Folger, Folger Shakespeare Library-located one block east of the U.S. Capitol-opened in 1932 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more at www.folger.edu.


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