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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Incredible Silent Movie Stop-Motion Dinosaurs! ("The Lost World", 1925) (video)




When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's adventure "The Lost World" was brought to the screen...

...and Prof. Challenger (Wallace Beery) set off in search of prehistoric dinosaurs...

...future KING KONG (1933) special-effects master Willis O'Brien brought them to life.

For 1925 audiences, such sights were nothing short of astounding.

Even now, these unique stop-motion creatures retain their power to delight and astonish.


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Terror Films Teams with Cyfuno Ventures for Multi-Horror Picture Release




Terror Films Teams with Cyfuno Ventures for Multi-Horror Picture Release

Los Angeles, CA - (Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019) – TERROR FILMS has teamed up with CYFUNO VENTURES to release: AFTER DARK, HELL TOWN, ASYLUM THE LOST TAPES and DON’T F*CK IN THE WOODS internationally. These films will appear on: Amazon Prime, Google Play and iFlix; the launch begins this Tuesday, January 29th.

The films, all of which have been released domestically by various distributors, will now be available digitally in multiple countries including: the U.K., Ireland, Asia, Africa and many others.


From Scream Queens to Killer Creatures, Scary-ass Ghosts and Dumb Twenty-Somethings putting themselves in deadly situations, there’s something for everyone in these titles. TERROR FILMS is sharing a promotional sizzle reel (found below) and banner created just for the international release. You can learn more about the films here.

The Official Sizzle Reel: 



AFTER DARK - Spring break for seven college students is derailed after a flat tire leaves them deserted on a dark road and stranded with a menacing drifter.

HELL TOWN - From award-winning directors Steve Balderson and Elizabeth Spear and Scream Queen Debbie Rochon comes this special feature presentation comprised of three episodes from the never before released prime-time, melodramatic whodunnit, horror-comedy series.

ASYLUM THE LOST FOOTAGE - A group of amateur ghost hunters go missing after they journey into the bowels of an abandoned Insane Asylum, in a search for evidence of paranormal activity. Video cards, salvaged from the building, reveal the tragic fate of the missing ghost hunters.

DON’T F*CK IN THE WOODS - A group of friends, on a camping trip to celebrate graduating college, soon find their good times ruined when they viciously attacked by a mysterious creature.

To Learn More About Terror Films visit: http://www.terrorfilms.net
Or: https://www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC
More on Cyfuno Ventures visit: https://www.cyfuno.com


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Monday, January 21, 2019

Horse Rolls Over Rider: Two Shocking Stunts From "Fort Apache" & "Rio Grande" (John Wayne/John Ford) (video)




In John Ford's cavalry epic "Fort Apache" (1948)…

...we see a horse roll over a hapless rider.

Two years later, Ford gave us "Rio Grande"...

...and yet another harrowing rollover stunt.


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Sunday, January 20, 2019

ROOM 304 -- DVD Review by Porfle




Danish director Birgitte Stærmose (DARLING, ISTEDGADE) and prolific screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson (PERFECT SENSE, ACCUSED) have set out to make us all sad, contemplative, and mesmerized with their gloomy drama ROOM 304 (aka "Værelse 304"), which is like one of those long, detailed dreams that skirts the boundary between the nightmarish and the mundane.

It all takes place in a high-class hotel where all the characters or their relatives work, but instead of being the story of the everyday behind-the-scenes drama of managing a bustling hotel, which I initially expected, it's really a fairly simple account of the romantic and interpersonal relationships between some troubled souls who happen to work in the confined spaces of a big, oppressive hotel. 

To make the simple storylines more interesting, screenwriter Aakeson has gathered up all the scenes and laid them out like jumbled jigsaw puzzle pieces for us to try and sort out ourselves. That way we see things that will occur much later and don't understand them until they reappear in a different context, when everything finally starts to come together.


We see the little details of married  (but not to each other) co-workers sneaking around cheating on their spouses, daily compounding the lies and suspicion that will gradually come to light in tragic ways. We see a fervid subplot about a laundry room worker avenging himself on a guest who once raped his wife, which introduces a loaded pistol into the mix. 

And we see the desk clerk covered in blood after a shocking murder, but, like all the other main plot points, we won't find out what happened until we've been slowly and subtly teased.

If it sounds anything like an Arthur Hailey story, it isn't.  ROOM 304 is slow, somber, and achingly sad, and we see almost nothing of the hotel's guests or the usual practical concerns of running the place. It serves instead as a sort of dreamlike territory of the subconscious, where characters yearning for various unreachable things wander through their unfulfilling lives like fish in an aquarium. 


Hotel director Kasper (Mikael Birkkjær) and front office manager Nina (Stine Stengade) are having a torrid affair that, we fear, will end badly.  Just how badly is revealed to us as the puzzle pieces drift maddeningly into place, and one person's obsession and desperation override rational thought while other collateral damage is wrought. 

Loneliness is another element casting a pall over such characters as emotionally needy stewardess Teresa (Ariadna Gil), who picks up men in the bar for unpleasant sex in her room.  And then there's the daily grind of service workers such as two Filipino maids who toil on the periphery, observing and chatting about it all and never knowing when some sudden twist of fate might sweep them into a maelstrom of tragedy.

My favorite character is Martin (David Dencik, 2011's TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY), the withdrawn, hypersensitive, obsessive (he's always washing his hands) desk clerk. When Nina calls him into her office and tells him that, while very efficient, he needs to "smile more", the nonplussed Martin considers this for a moment and, straightfaced, assures her that he will "make a note of it." He's the one who ends up with blood all over him after the murder occurs.


The visual mood inside the hotel is consistently oppressive, rendered with a richly dark palette and much Rembrandt-style lighting. Stærmose's direction is fluid and artistically expressive, and remains interesting throughout even when the plot is moving along at a snail's pace.

It took me two viewings to fully appreciate ROOM 304, one just to wander around getting my bearings, and another to piece it all together and realize what a carefully wrought and thoroughly satisfying work of cinematic storytelling it is.  The fadeout illicits much contemplation and, for me, a bit of emotional decompression.


TECH SPECS
Type: DVD
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Audio: 2.0 Stereo

Language: German and Danish w/English subtitles
Distributor: Film Movement
Extras: None






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Bizarre Floating Coffin Scene From "SON OF DRACULA" (Lon Chaney, 1943) (video)




Katherine Caldwall (Louise Allbritton) hastens to a nocturnal rendezvous...

...with Count Alucard, who is really the vampire Count Dracula (Lon Chaney).

Her intention is to marry him and become an undying vampire herself.

Dracula's coffin rises up from the dark waters of the swamp, and...


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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mads Brügger's "COLD CASE HAMMARSKJOLD (Who killed Hammarskjold?)" -- Sundance '19




COLD CASE HAMMARSKJOLD
Directed by Mads Brügger
Produced by Peter Engel, Andreas Rocksén, Bjarte Mørner Tveit


In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, leaving no known survivors.

It’s understood that because Hammarskjöld was, at the time, advocating for Congo’s independence (against the wishes of European mining companies and other powerful entities), the “crash” was an assassination.

With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth.

He, his Swedish private-investigator sidekick, and a host of co-conspirators tirelessly pursue a winding trail of clues, but they turn up more mysteries than revelations. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, they begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined.

In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by “performing” the role of truth-seeker. As Brügger uncovers a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world, we realize that sometimes absurdity and irony are the emboldening ingredients needed to confront what’s truly sinister.

Director: Mads Brügger
TRT: 126 mins
Country: Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium
Language: English and French
Section: World Doc
Sales: Cinetic

Screenings:

World Premiere: Saturday January 26, 2019 at 8:45pm (Prospector Square Theatre)
Press & Industry: Sunday January 27, 2019 at 9:30am (Holiday Village Cinema 3)
Public Screening #2: Monday January 28, 2019 at 3:00pm (Temple Theatre)
Public Screening #3: Wednesday January 30, 2019 at 2:45pm (Temple Theatre)
Public Screening #4: Thursday January 31, 2019 at 9:15am (The Ray Theatre)


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Who Was The Voice Of TV's Talking Horse "Mr. Ed"? (video)




Allan "Rocky" Lane (1909-1973) was a famous western star.

He played "Red Ryder" in several films.

Then, as westerns faded, so did his fame.

But in 1961, when the producers of a new show about a talking horse heard his voice...

...they knew they'd found their "Mr. Ed."

Rocky would continue in the role from 1961-1966.


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Friday, January 18, 2019

OFFICIAL TRAILER DEBUT: Jonas Akerlund's "LORDS OF CHAOS" Starring Rory Culkin -- In Theaters February 2019




GUNPOWER & SKY PRESENTS

"LORDS OF CHAOS"


Opening In Theaters February 8th and On Demand February 22nd
 


A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s results in a very violent outcome. Lords of Chaos tells the true story of True Norwegian Black Metal and its most notorious practitioners - a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder: MAYHEM.

Official Trailer:



Directed by | Jonas Åkerlund
Starring | Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira, Jack Kilmer, Valter Skarsgård
Written by | Dennis Magnusson & Jonas Åkerlund, based on the book of the same name
Co-Produced by | Vice Studios, 20th Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Insurgent Media

Runtime:
112 Minutes

Socials:
Official Hashtag: #LordsOfChaos
Twitter: @LordsOfChaos_
Instagram: @lordsofchaosmovie
Facebook: @LordsOfChaosMovie

https://www.lordsofchaosfilm.com/


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The True Measure Of A Man: William S. Hart, "Wagon Tracks" (1919) (video)




Western legend William S. Hart plays a heroic yet humble wagon train leader.

The people and animals are consumed with thirst, the nearest water miles away.

Yet he shares what precious water he is given...

...a noble sacrifice for which he asks no reward.


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

LEE Byeong-heon's Cop Comedy "EXTREME JOB" Releases in LA Jan. 25 and in Cities Across US and Canada on Feb. 1




“Extreme Job,” a South Korean Comedic Action Film

Releases on January 25 in Los Angeles and Buena Park, and In Cities Across the U.S. and Canada on February 1

Directed by LEE Byeong-heon and Stars RYU Seung-yong, LEE Hanee, JIN Sun-kyu, LEE Dong-hwi, Gong-myoung


Los Angeles, CA (January 17, 2019) – South Korean director LEE Byeong-heon (“Twenty,” “What a Man Wants”) returns to the big screen with his newest comedic action film, “Extreme Job.” Director LEE tells the story of five narcotics cops who run a fried chicken restaurant by day and an undercover operation by night. This title releases at CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles and Buena Park on January 25 and in cities across the U.S. and Canada on February 1.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


The narcotics team works hard day and night, but their performance remains at an all-time low, leading them to become the ugly duckling of the police department and potentially face dismantlement.

Captain KO (RYU Seung-yong) gets intel about an international drug deal and embarks on a risky undercover mission with his entire team. In order to establish around-the-clock and up-close-and-personal surveillance, the team takes over a rundown chicken joint across the street from the drug gang’s safe house.


But things take an unexpected turn when Detective MA’s (JIN Sun-kyu)yet unrevealed culinary talents begins to shine, turning the chicken restaurant famous overnight. Should we chase chickens or criminals? When customers begin to flock in, undercover work gets pushed to the back burner so the detectives can focus on frying chicken.

As a result, the team misses the big drug deal, even though it happens right under their nose. Now, with nowhere to go, the detectives launch a desperate mop-up operation.

“Extreme Job” stars RYU Seung-yong, LEE Hanee, JIN Sun-kyu, LEE Dong-hwi, and Gong-myoung. The film is presented and distributed by CJ Entertainment, and produced by About Film.

All assets courtesy of CJ Entertainment.



ABOUT CJ ENTERTAINMENT
Launched in 1995, Korea’s #1 film studio, CJ Entertainment, is the film division of CJ Entertainment and Media (CJ E&M) which produces award winning content across an array of genres for theatrical and non-theatrical distribution, television broadcasts, digital download, and interactive gaming portals. To grow its presence in the film industry, CJ Entertainment has aggressively invested, developed, and distributed motion pictures both domestically and abroad. To date, CJ Entertainment has released over 505 titles and three of those titles, “The Admiral” (2014), “Ode To My Father (2014), and “Veteran” (2015), respectively, have gone on to become the top three, highest grossing films in Korean history. Moving into the future, CJ Entertainment seeks to create and popularize original, award winning Korean content across the globe. To that end it has created successful global productions including, 2013’s “A Wedding Invitation” in China, Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, and 2014’s “Let Hoi Decide,” which became Vietnam’s highest grossing film of all time. Visit us online at: www.cj-entertainment.com.



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Learning Pig Latin From The Three Stooges! ("Tassels In The Air", 1938) (video)




Moe and Larry are conversing fluently in pig latin one day...

...but Curly just can't wrap his numb skull around it.

Moe tries to teach him.  "Larry...Arry-lay. Moe...O-may."

But it's a lost cause, because Curly is too Umb-day!


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WEST OF REDEMPTION -- DVD Review by Porfle




If you're a Billy Zane fan as I am, you should be pleased as punch to see him back in fine form in such a first-rate, emotionally-intense suspense thriller as WEST OF REDEMPTION (Indican Pictures, 2015).

Billy (THE HESSEN CONSPIRACY, ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD, SCORNED, BORDER RUN, BLUE SEDUCTION, GHOST OF GOODNIGHT LANE, BLUE WORLD ORDER) plays Hank Keller, a simple country boy living on a secluded farm with his wife Becky (Mariana Klaveno, "Dexter"), who works as a waitress.

All is serene until one stormy night when a disheveled young man (Kevin Alejandro, PURGATORY FLATS, "Lucifer") comes to the door asking to use the phone to call a tow truck.  Hank complies, but when he hears the man identify himself as "Rick Youngblood", he knocks him unconscious and ties him up in a shed.


Why Hank does this is a mystery that grips us and doesn't let up as the man is kept prisoner and interrogated while his presence is hidden from the unsuspecting Becky. 

Before long we realize that she's the focus of the whole thing, but the reason for this is just one of the plot twists that you don't want to know about before delving into this deeply involving and ultimately tragic tale.

Meagan Daine's screenplay is a sizzling slowburn that has us guessing from start to finish.  What appears at first to be shaping up as a potentially violent horror thriller turns out to be much richer and more emotionally resonant, turning down unexpected paths and exploring aspects of these characters and their motives that are continuously illuminating.


Director Cornelia Duryée has taken this sharply-written script and given it an exquisitely well-rendered visual interpretation that always strikes just the right note.  Camerawork is fine but never interferes with the story, while all other technical aspects are also well done.

Zane gives one of his best and most involved performances in years, while Alejandro and Klaveno also fully and convincingly inhabit their characters. As the plot teasingly unfolds, we wonder which of the two men is the good guy and which is the bad, if indeed things are that simple.

When a series of flashbacks involving Becky begin to reveal secrets previously hidden from us, things take on a whole different dimension.  I'm not going to  reveal a single one of them, and I'd also advise you not to watch the too-revealing trailer beforehand.


WEST OF REDEMPTION doesn't resort to violence or shocks to hold our attention, and when the final twist falls into place, we discover what a beautifully told tragedy it really is.


TECH SPECS
Runtime: 89 mins
Format: 16:9 HD
Sound: Dolby Stereo
Country: United States
Language: English
Website: www.IndicanPictures.com
Genre: Thriller / Drama
Bonus: Director's Commentary





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The Burning Orphanage Scene From "MIGHTY JOE YOUNG" (1949) (video)




(spoilers)

Jill Young (Terry Moore) and her friend Gregg (Ben Johnson) are fleeing from the law...

...after a judge orders that her beloved pet gorilla Joe be shot to death.

But a burning orphanage causes them to cut short their escape.

Excellent stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen...

...make this is one of the most thrilling sequences ever filmed.


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Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" Access Granted on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12




Soon Trending: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Latest In-Home Release

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

Access Granted on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26

Fans can browse exclusive extras revealing the creation of the film’s eye-popping internet and its off-the-wall content, deleted scenes, hidden Easter eggs and much more!


BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2019) — Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the animated adventure featuring video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman), raced to No. 1 opening weekend (the second biggest Thanksgiving opening of all time), winning the top spot at the domestic box office for three consistent weeks and grossing more than $435.1 million to date.

In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” the besties risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is available instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD/SD and Movies Anywhere Feb. 12 and physically on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 26.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” arrives home with a wide-range of exclusive extras, taking fans behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to explore how artists created the film’s vibrant version of the internet — from comical cat videos to the intense online game Slaughter Race to shady characters on the Dark Net. Features also reveal some Easter eggs — inside jokes and references to other Disney films and characters hidden throughout the film — and filmmakers introduce some never before revealed deleted scenes.

Check out a new easter egg clip here:



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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Teri Polo Joins Robert Davi, Nicolas Turturro in Holiday Rom-Com "Pizza & Whine"



TERI POLO JOINS ROBERT DAVI, NICOLAS TURTURRO IN HOLIDAY ROMCOM ‘PIZZA & WHINE’
 
The New Feature from Maria Capp Begins Production This Week


LOS ANGELES (January 14, 2019) – Teri Polo ("The Fosters"), Robert Davi (Goonies, Die Hard) and Nic Turturro (BlaKkKlansman) will star in PIZZA & WHINE which will begin shooting in Los Angeles this month with co-stars Mike Marino (Pizza with Bullets) and Ayla Kell (“Make it or Break it”). Maria Capp makes her feature directorial debut with the film, having just co-written and produced award-winning film Reach in 2018. 

Polo is “Angela D'Agosti” who helps gather her family together at the most wonderful time of the year for one of the saddest occasions – her mother’s funeral. After years of being apart, some of the family’s young cousins (Raffaela Capp, Reach; Ayla Kell; Natasha Capp, Reach; and Lily Gibsen, “Boy Meet’s World”) are assigned the seemingly simple task of singing at their grandmother's funeral. But only through family drama, tears, a little pizza and wine, will all of the women rediscover themselves, each other, their love of family, music, and Christmas traditions.

Jayson Bernard (Halloweed), Michael Lenoci (Running Lines with Lenoci), Jared Sandler (Father of the Year) and Lance Paul (A Kiss on Candy Cane Lane) round out the cast.

“This story is inspired by my own very large, loving Italian family and the recent passing of my beloved grandma,” stated Raffaela Capp, who also co-wrote.

Added filmmaker Maria Capp, “It’s an honor to bring this story about women to the big screen but even more so to be doing it with a cast and crew made up 80% women!”

Director Maria Capp co-wrote Pizza & Whine with first-time screenwriters Raffaela Capp and Elliott Estrada. The screenplay is loosely based on and inspired by the play, Pizza and Whine written by the Capps with Veronica Kelly, which workshopped at the New York Theatre Festival's Winterfest and The Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2018.

Maria Capp is also a Producer with Jayson Bernard, Roberto Rosario, Jr. and Kristi Kilday. Steve Capp is the Executive Producer. Casting is by Dea Vise.

For more information, visit: http://www.pizzaandwhine.com 

ABOUT CAPPRICIELLI PRODUCTIONS
Cappricielli Productions is a multi-faceted production company that creates a wide array of entertaining and socially conscious film, video, theatre and music content. Cappricielli’s mission is to bring meaningful and entertaining storytelling to audiences.

ABOUT KO CREATIVE
KO Creative is a full-service creative advertising, production and post production agency in Beverly Hills, California. For more than 16 years, KO Creative's mission has been simple: create compelling stories that engage consumers.


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Fake Truck Grill In Head-On Crash: "MAD MAX" (1979) (video)




(SPOILERS!!!)

Rogue cop Max (Mel Gibson) is hell-bent on revenge...

...against the cycle psychos who killed his family.

He finally drives their leader into a deadly head-on collision.

But the truck driver didn't want to damage his truck, so...

...a flat sheet of metal was attached to the front...

...with the headlights and grill painted on.


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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Announces Month-Long, Foot-Stomping "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" Fan Celebrations



TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT Announces Month-Long, Foot-Stomping
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Fan Celebrations

Fans Can Join the Party in Person via a Multi-City Sing-Along, Bus Tour and “Get Loud” Extravaganza

Take Part at Home and Online via #StompforQueen & New “Ay-Oh” Call-Back Amazon Alexa Skill
 

Golden GlobeÒ Winner for Best Motion Picture, Drama
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Arrives on Digital and Movies Anywhere January 22 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD February 12


LOS ANGELES, CA –To celebrate the fans that made BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY the number one music biopic of all time, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites them to join the ultimate Queen celebration at events across the country, in their own homes and on social media. Are you ready, Freddie?

Rock Like Queen Tour Bus

Fans in New York City (January 25), Austin (January 30), Las Vegas (February 5) and Los Angeles (February 12) will have a chance to hop on board the double-decker Rock Like Queen Tour Bus and sing-along to their favorite Queen songs from “We Will Rock You” to “Radio Ga Ga”. Fans can sign up for a spot via Rock Like Queen Tour registration site www.rocklikequeen.com. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.

“Get Loud” Extravaganza

The Rock Like Queen Tour will culminate in the ultimate Queen fan experience at the legendary Whiskey A-Go-Go on the famed Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. This BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY super-fan celebration will include musical tributes to Freddie and Queen, a performance by Queen Extravaganza and more. Free tickets are available online on a first come, first served basis here: gofobo.com/getloudwithqueen.

“Alexa, play Ay-Oh live!”

For fans in the US who can’t make the Rock Like Queen Tour or the Los Angeles event, they can join the fun at home via a new Amazon Alexa skill that will enable fans to sing “Ay-Oh” with Freddie when they call out “Alexa, play Ay-Oh live!” Freddie will sing “Ay-Oh” with you just like Queen’s audience did during the band’s iconic Live Aid 1985 performance. US Fans can activate the skill via Amazon Alexa devices starting January 22 through March 31.

#StompforQueen Social Media Celebration





Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites fans around the world to show us your best “Stomp, Stomp, Clap” to become a part of the Bohemian Rhapsody family. A worldwide $100,000 donation will be made to the Mercury Phoenix Trust founded by Brian May and Roger Taylor in memory of Queen’s iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury.

To join #StompforQueen fans can re-share the just released video found on Bohemian Rhapsody official channels (Facebook/Instagram @bohemianrhapsodymovie & Twitter @BoRhapMovie) or show us their very own “Stomp, Stomp, Clap” on any social platform. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment may include their video in a tribute video to the legendary singer launching in February. 

Bohemian Rhapsody arrives on Digital and Movies Anywhere January 22 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD February 12. For the first time, fans can experience a truly one-of-a-kind music movie event with the complete “Live Aid” Movie Performance featuring two never-before-seen songs (“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “We Will Rock You”) packed into a 22-minute collective experience recreating the original event. In addition, on Blu-ray & Digital, fans will get a look behind the making of the film including interviews with Queen, the cast and creative team.
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is rated PG-13.
 
ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third-party partner film and television programming. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE
Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers.  Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers at launch are Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,300 digital movies at launch, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere is available to residents of the United States, its territories, and certain associated states. For more information, visit www.moviesanywhere.com.


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Monday, January 14, 2019

Larry Explains The Joke: "SPOOKS!" (Three Stooges, 1953) (video)




In the 3D comedy "Spooks!", the boys are stuck in a haunted house...

...along with a mad doctor, his henchman, and a gorilla.

When the Stooges finally make a break for the front door...
...they're thwarted by an elastic doorknob.

But someone was afraid the audience wouldn't get that this was a door...
...and that Moe was trying to open it.

So they had Larry dub in the lines: "The door! Open it, Moe!"

Whew! We almost didn't get that one!


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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Implied Beheading In "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) (video)




(SPOILER ALERT!!!)

Humphrey Bogart plays the mentally unhinged Fred C. Dobbs...

...whose final clash with Mexican bandits turns fatal.

While we don't see exactly what happens to him...
...director John Huston makes it pretty obvious.

Gold Hat (Alfonso Bedoya) strikes with his machete.
The exact same shot is repeated twice to show multiple blows.

Then they watch Dobbs' head roll downhill toward the water...
...leaving a trail of blood.

While not graphic, the implication alone is enough to shock.


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Saturday, January 12, 2019

ODDSOCKEATERS -- DVD Review by Porfle




I'm not that big a fan of the current spate of digital cartoons (I still have a passion for cel animation and stop-motion) but the Czech film ODDSOCKEATERS, aka "Lichozrouti" (2016, Omibus Entertainment/Film Movement) is something I'd have to describe as unique and appealing, maybe even irresistible.

The visuals capture the feel of storybook illustrations come to vivid life, with just the right balance of painterly artistry and an almost model-like realism.  The characters have the look of living plush toys that are vibrant with personality.

Hugo is a young oddsockeater, a creature invisible to most humans except for "oddies" (people who live alone on the fringes of society).  As the name implies, he subsists upon stolen socks, but his family tradition is to take only one from a pair and leave the other, thus "sharing" the socks rather than stealing them outright.


When his grandfather dies (or fades away as oddsockeaters do) Hugo must seek out his uncle, Big Boss, who runs a gang of sock "sharers" (including Hugo's mischievous identical twin cousins Rameses and Tulamor) and hoards mountains of socks in his lair in the attic of an eccentric old professor who knows of the existence of oddsockeaters and is forever trying to capture one and win the Nobel Prize.

But even as Hugo is trying to fit in with Big Boss and his crew, he falls afoul of his uncle's arch enemy, Spike, whose much-less-scrupulous gang of sock pirates delight in stealing whole pairs--right off of people's feet when possible.

Trying to rescue his cousin after he's kidnapped by Spike and held for a king's ransom in socks, Hugo must become a member of Spike's gang, putting him at odds with Big Boss. Eventually he'll find himself targeted by both factions, in addition to being doggedly pursued by the Professor himself.


At first, I found the story a bit hard to get into, but the more I became familiar with storybook author Pavel Srut's characters and eased into the movie's own wonderfully unique world, it all became more and more captivating.  The characters are mostly abrasive and bombastic (save for the sweet-natured Hugo) but likable, with the noteworthy exception of the thoroughly villainous Spike who is genuinely menacing.

Direction by Galina Miklínová, who wrote the book adaptation, is dazzingly kinetic and imaginative throughout, keeping the story moving at a breakneck pace and packed with colorful action.

Spike's hideout aboard a small tugboat on the river that runs through town is an ideal setting for much of the cliffhanger-style activity which includes car and truck chases and some harrowing scrapes involving water, which can mean soggy death for an oddsockeater.


Songs are mercifully few (and those few are nicely tuneful) and the story is brimming with rich dialogue and character interactions.  All in all, ODDSOCKEATERS is one of those pleasant surprises that I began watching a bit grudgingly and ended up being totally charmed and entertained by. 


TECH SPECS
Type: DVD/Digital
Running time: 87 min.
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound/2.0 Stereo
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Extras: None



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Disney's "THE LITTLE MERMAID" 30th Anniversary Edition on Digital Feb 12 & Blu-ray Feb 26




Make the Treasured Animated Musical Part of Your World
 

“The Little Mermaid” Dives Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection

Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD  and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26


For the first time ever in sparkling 4K Ultra HD  and featuring a fin-tastic sing-along mode along with over 45 minutes of exciting new bonus features for new and old fans alike to enjoy


BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2019) — In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel — along with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula — is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD  and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26.


The Signature Edition of “The Little Mermaid” showcases its award-winning musical score and iconic songs such as “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World” with a sing-along mode allowing you to accompany this beloved cast of characters on their journey.   Never-before-seen bonus features bring legendary composer Alan Menken and some of Disney’s most recognizable leading ladies together around a piano to reminisce, sing and celebrate “The Little Mermaid.” The latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office” compares Walt and Ariel’s love of collecting treasures. Viewers will also receive an inside look at the “The Little Mermaid” cast in their original recording sessions, explore hidden treasures and fun facts from the film, and enjoy a special performance of “Part of Your World” by a cappella singing sensation DCapella. Plus, fans will have access to hours of additional classic bonus features!

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, “The Little Mermaid” was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (“Aladdin”). It features the voice talents of Jodi Benson (“Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3”) as Ariel, Pat Carroll (“Laverne & Shirley”) as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright (Broadway’s “The Lion King”) as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes (“The Brady Bunch Movie”) as Eric, Kenneth Mars (“Young Frankenstein”) as Triton, Buddy Hackett (“The Music Man”) as Scuttle, Jason Marin (“Back to the Future”) as Flounder and René Auberjonois (“The Patriot”) as Chef Louis. The film was originally released in theaters on Nov. 15, 1989 and is the 28th film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the first in what many described as a new Disney animation renaissance.


“The Little Mermaid” is the seventh title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

All-New Bonus Features*:

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL
⦁ Sing-Along Mode – Sing along to the movie in this  sing-along version of the film.

⦁ Alan Menken & the Leading Ladies Song – From the voice of a mermaid to the tunes of a muse, the music of Alan Menken has scored the soundtrack for some of Disney’s most iconic leading ladies. Join Alan, Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas Singing Voice), Lillias White (Calliope) and Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel) as we celebrate the music of their films in honor of the one that started it all … “The Little Mermaid.”  In this discussion, the ladies will share their memories of musically creating their characters with Alan, discuss what it means to be part of the Disney Princess/leading lady legacy and create new memories as they sing with Alan around a baby grand piano.

⦁ “What I Want From You…Is YOUR VOICE” – Enter the recording studio and get an inside look at the cast of “The Little Mermaid” in their original recording sessions.

⦁ Stories From Walt’s Office – Gadgets & Gizmos – Like Ariel, Walt Disney was a collector of many different things from miniatures to early mechanical characters that inspired the invention of audio-animatronics. We take a look at some the collections that Walt kept in his office in the third episode of this series.

⦁ #TreasuresUntold – Join Ruby Rose Turner and Olivia Sanabia from the Disney Channel Original Series “Coop and Cami Ask the World” as they take a deep dive to explore some hidden treasures and fun facts about Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

⦁ DCapella “Part of Your World” Music Video

⦁ Classic Bonus Features – revisit four exciting bonus features from previous releases including:
⦁ Deleted Character: Harold The Merman
⦁ Under The Scene: The Art Of Live Action Reference
⦁ Howard’s Lecture
⦁ Audio Commentary With Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken


DIGITAL EXCLUSIVES
⦁ “Part of Your World” - A 30-Year Retrospective – Songwriter Alan Menken and Jodi Benson, the acting and singing voice of Ariel, sing the epitome of Disney “I Want” songs “Part of Your World” and discuss its impact since it was first heard 30 years ago.

⦁ Classic Bonus Features – Over 3 additional hours of previously released classic bonus features including Deleted Scenes, Easter Eggs, Music Videos and more!

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Product SKUs: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code); Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code), Digital UHD/HD/SD, DVD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time:   Approximately 83 minutes
Rating:      G in U.S. and Canada
Aspect Ratio:    16x9 1.78
Audio:                             4K UHD BD: English Dolby Atmos, Latin Spanish, & French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby
Digital
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Latin Spanish and French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, Latin Spanish, and French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital
4K UHD Digital: English Dolby Atmos (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
HD Digital:  English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages/Subtitles: 4K UHD BD Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish & French
BD Subtitles: English SDH & ESL, Spanish & French
DVD Subtitles: English SDH & ESL, Spanish & French
Digital Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish
Digital & DVD Captions: English

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook:      Facebook.com/DisneyTheLittleMermaid
Website:      Movies.Disney.com/The-Little-Mermaid
Instagram:     Instagram.com/DisneyAnimation
YouTube:     YouTube.com/user/DisneyMovies


ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY SIGNATURE COLLECTION:
The Walt Disney Signature Collection includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. Each release will offer special features for every member of your family plus a unique digital experience. To date, the collection includes “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Peter Pan.”

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

ABOUT WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS:
Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE:
Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices, Windows 10 and Xbox devices; and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

©2019 Disney


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"CROSSED THE LINE" Ice-T Revenge Drama Arrives on Digital and DVD/BD -- See The Trailer HERE!




NOVUS CONTENT AND GRAVITAS VENTURES INVITE HOME AUDIENCES TO EXPERIENCE THE REVENGE CRIME DRAMA

"CROSSED THE LINE"

Starring Ice-T, Caryn Ward, La'Myia Good, Lauren Pendington, Shanell Mondane and Vanessa A. Williams, CROSSED THE LINE is the story of 4 sisters wronged by a local kingpin. Fueled by family loyalty and a desire for justice, they set out for vengeance.

Arriving On VOD And Digital HD On Leading Digital Platforms And DVD/BD On January 29, 2019

CROSSED THE LINE (OFFICIAL TRAILER)



SYNOPSIS
A young woman refuses to bow down to the local criminal kingpin who wants to take control over her late mother's flower shop in order to run drugs. However, when he crosses the line, she and her siblings seek revenge.

PROGRAM INFORMATION
VOD: Available on Cable, Apple iTunes and other Leading Digital Providers
DVD/BD: Available at Amazon, Walmart.com, Target.com, BN.com, Best Buy and other leading retailers across the country.

Directed By: Dennis Conrad
Written By: Dennis Conrad & Laura Scheiner
Starring: Ice-T, Caryn Ward, La'Myia Good, Vanessa Williams, Sam Sarpong, Lauren Pendington, Shanell Mondane
Producers: Dennis Conrad, Ice-T, David Japka, Sean Butler
Production Company: Back Of The Bus Productions
Distribution: Gravitas Ventures and Novus Distribution

Run Time: 92 Minutes
Rating: NR
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 
Language: English


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Moe Explains The Joke: "Flagpole Jitters" (Three Stooges, 1956) (video)




In the 1949 Three Stooges comedy "Hokus Pokus"...

...we observe the boys making breakfast in their own unique way.

This includes Moe scrambling a few eggs by cracking them into a coffee grinder...
...and grinding them up.  Thus, "scrambling" them.

When the same footage was reused in the 1956 remake "Flagpole Jitters"...
...the studio was afraid we wouldn't get the joke.

So now, after Moe cracks the eggs into the coffee grinder...
...they dub in his voice saying: "Now I'll scramble 'em!"

And after all these years, we finally get the joke!


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



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Friday, January 11, 2019

"SHARKWATER EXTINCTION" Thrilling New Documentary -- See The Trailer HERE!




SHARKWATER EXTINCTION

Director: Rob Stewart 


Genre: Documentary, Nature 

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing 

Release Date: February 1, 2019 




Synopsis: This documentary is a thrilling, action adventure journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the billion dollar illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it.

From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica and France, to California, Stewart's third film dives into the often violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade. SHARKWATER EXTINCTION is a follow up to the critically acclaimed SHARKWATER, Rob Stewart’s first film.

Shark finning is still rampant, shark fin soup is still being consumed, and endangered sharks are now also being used to make products for human consumption. Stewart’s mission is to save the sharks and oceans before it’s too late.


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James Bond Car Stunt Blooper: "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971) (video)




Sean Connery's final official Bond film... 

...contains a cool car chase in downtown Las Vegas...
...as Bond and Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) elude the local police.

In some shots you can see the crowds gathered on the sidewalks to watch the filming.

The scene's highlight is when Bond navigates a narrow alley on two wheels.
But it contains a blooper.

The stunt begins with Bond's side of the car in the air.
The car seems to level out.
But now, inexplicably, Tiffany's side is in the air.

But it's still a cool stunt...and a fun scene.


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



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Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Greatest Scene In Any Superman Movie: Rescuing Lois, "SUPERMAN" (1978) (video)




Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) has moved from Smallville to Metropolis...

...and gotten a job as a reporter for The Daily Planet.

But he has yet to introduce himself to the world as Superman...
...until Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), on her way to cover a big story...
...finds herself in dire need of a super-rescue.

The result is a thrilling sequence which hits on all cylinders...
...charged with suspense, emotion, and even humor....

...and is quite likely the high point of any "Superman" movie ever made.

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




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Abramorama Partners With MPL/Capitol/UMe To Release Paul McCartney's "THE BRUCE MCMOUSE SHOW" Playing In Select Cinemas Worldwide Jan. 21st




ABRAMORAMA PARTNERS WITH MPL/CAPITOL/UMe TO RELEASE 
 
"PAUL McCARTNEY’S THE BRUCE McMOUSE SHOW"

PLAYING IN SELECT CINEMAS AROUND THE WORLD ON JANUARY 21ST

The theatrical premiere of this previously never-before-seen film features live performances from Paul McCartney & Wings and the animated Bruce McMouse

New York, NY / January 10, 2019: Abramorama announced today a partnership with MPL/Capitol/UMe to premiere Paul McCartney’s The Bruce McMouse Show in select theaters around the world on January 21. The Bruce McMouse Show is a previously never-before seen film that tells the story of how Paul McCartney and Wings came to meet the inimitable impresario Bruce McMouse. Part concert film, part animated feature, The Bruce McMouse Show  features footage from Wings’ 1972 European tour from Red Rose Speedway, interspersed with animated scenes that introduce a family of mice living under the stage.

After opening the film with ‘Big Barn Bed’ – the camera takes us down through the floorboards into this charming animated world. We see Bruce McMouse regale his children with stories from his past, when son Soily rushes into the room in a whirlwind of excitement announcing that “The Wings” are playing above them. As the concert plays on, Bruce declares to his wife Yvonne that Paul and the band need his help. Bruce then proceeds to venture on stage to offers his services as producer. As the concert progresses, the animated scenes culminate with dozens of animated mice flocking to the venue to see Wings play. ‘The Bruce McMouse Show’ has been fully restored in 2018 at Final Frame Post alongside a brand-new audio mix (stereo and 5.1) created at AIR Studios where it was also mastered.


The film was directed by Barry Chattington and produced by Roger Cherrill with the live elements taken from four shows in The Netherlands and Germany in 1972. Paul viewed the initial concert edit and realized there was great potential in the material captured. Prior to the European tour Paul had the idea of a family of mice and sketched the characters. Picking up the idea, Eric Wylam took Paul’s sketches and created the final McMouse family. This storyline was incorporated and used as a linking theme within the concert footage. The voice-overs for the animated mice took place at the end of 1973, recorded by Paul and Linda McCartney, Deryck Guyler, Pat Coombs and Derek Nimmo. Production stretched from 1972 through to 1977 when the film was complete, however with changes in the band’s line-up and music scene, the project was held in the MPL archives.


Evan Saxon, Head of West Coast Acquisitions and Business Development at Abramorama stated, “There’s no greater compliment than to be entrusted to oversee the global release a Paul McCartney film and continue our long-standing relationship with The Beatles family.  Fans attending these special screenings of The Bruce McMouse Show will be transported to a Paul McCartney & Wings concert with the best seat in the house, just above Bruce McMouse and his family.”

For tickets and information www.BruceMcMouse.com

Cinemas where The Bruce McMouse Show is screening:

UK:
Liverpool:  Everyman Cinema Liverpool
London:  Everyman Cinema Hempstead

US:
New York:  IFC Center
Los Angeles:  ArcLight, Hollywood
Bethesda:  ArcLight Bethesda
Chicago:  ArcLight Chicago
Dallas: ANGELIKA
Honolulu: Kahala 8
Nashville: Belcourt Theatre
Phoenix: FilmBar
Sacramento: The Tower Theatre
San Diego: ANGELIKA, Carmel Mountain
San Rafael: San Rafael Film Center
Seattle: SIFF Uptown

Australia:
Melbourne: Rivoli Cinemas
Perth:  Event Cinemas Innaloo
Sydney:  Event Cinemas George Street

Canada:
Montreal:  Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal
Toronto:  Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Vancouver:  Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver


Paul McCartney and Wings, Red Rose Speedway, a six-disc (3CD, 2DVD + 1Blu-ray) numbered limited deluxe edition of the second Wings album was released December 7th.  Originally released in April 1973 and featuring the #1 single ‘My Love,’ Red Rose Speedway was the first Wings album to hit #1 on the U.S. chart. The Red Rose Speedway limited deluxe edition features three discs of audio including the original album remastered at Abbey Road, no less than 35 bonus audio tracks, including a reconstruction of the originally conceived double album version of Red Rose Speedway, singles, B-sides, alternate mixes and previously unreleased tracks. The 2DVD + Blu-ray portions of the deluxe are packed with rare and previously unseen footage, including the James Paul McCartney TV Special, interviews and music videos, as well as the never before seen film The Bruce McMouse Show—fully restored and remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. The package includes a folio containing 14 replica hand drawn original character sketches by Paul and facsimile dialogue sheets for the film, a 128-page book containing many previously unpublished images by Linda McCartney, expanded album and single artwork from the archives and story behind the album — including new interviews with Paul McCartney, and key album personnel — and track-by-track information, written by Amanda Petrusich, five replica handwritten lyric sheets and photo print, a 64-page ‘Wings In Morocco’ photo book, all housed in a numbered outer slipcase. The Red Rose Speedway download redemption card will provide access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution versions.

About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent global rights management partner for music films today and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. An industry leader in marketing, promotion, and global distribution, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience.

Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; David Leland’s Concert for George; Danny Clinch and Pearl Jam’s Let's Play Two; Paul Dugdale and Myles Desenberg’s  Above & Beyond Acoustic - Giving Up The Day Job; Amir Bar-Lev's Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’; Brett Bern's BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Brett Morgen and National Geographic’s seminal Jane; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog, Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. Abramorama recently launched its music centric film fund focused on the global release of iconic music documentaries. For more information visit www.abramorama.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

THE CHURCH -- Movie Review by Porfle




Amazing to think that Bill Moseley (HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, OLD 37, CYNTHIA), best known for playing some of the screen's most deranged psychos, could convincingly pass himself off as a devoted pastor struggling to keep his beloved church from being sold off as part of a real estate development deal.

But this is exactly what happens in 2018's THE CHURCH (Indican Pictures), for which writer-director Dom Franklin, also amazingly, secured the use of an actual church in Philadelphia (along with its congregation) as an ideal found location for his dark, supernatural horror tale.

There's disagreement among the churchgoers themselves, with some, including Pastor James' own wife Loretta (Michelle Romano), eager to sell and move up to greener pastures, while others adamantly resist.  Pastor James himself is loathe to abandon the church that has been in his family for generations and see his dwindling flock cast adrift.


It's this conflict that will provide the backdrop for a sudden burst of supernatural mayhem when the churchfolk and the greedy real estate developers get together in the church to hash things out, only to find themselves in the middle of a nightmare of terror.

We're kept wondering what the hell (so to speak) is behind it all for most of the film's running time.  Some of the characters think the Lord is responsible, a notion that even the most rudimentary knowledge of such things should render highly doubtful.  But the horrific occurences don't seem entirely diabolical either.

These consist mainly of people suddenly turning to dark, swirling ash and being sucked into oblivion, or simply yanked by an unseen force down a dark hallway and out of sight.


Then these hapless victims wake up to find themselves in a misty limbo, some rotting away like zombies and others with their eyes turned to bloody sockets.

None of which is very scary since we don't know what's behind the bizarre events or why they're happening.  When we do finally discover the secret behind it all, the final showdown between the living and the whatever-it-is (I won't give it or the surprise guest star away) is conveyed by some bland special effects and a lot of screaming.

Till then, much of the story consists of the various characters running around trying to get out of the church (which won't let them out) until it's their turn to get whisked into limbo.


Direction and photography are competent, but there's just not much here in the way of interesting effects, gore makeups, etc., or genuine scares.

As previously noted, the most interesting thing about THE CHURCH for me was seeing Bill Moseley doing so well with such a change-of-pace role.  But as a horror film, it scarcely reaches the level of nightmare for which it so earnestly strives.




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Classic Mirror Scene From "Duck Soup" (Marx Brothers, 1933) (video)




Harpo breaks into Groucho's house...

...disguised as Groucho.

And when they meet in a doorway, Harpo pretends to be Groucho's mirror image.

Groucho doesn't buy it for a second, but he plays along anyway.

For many Marx Brothers fans, this is their favorite scene.


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



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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" Arrives Home on Digital and on Blu-ray™ Jan. 29




Misty Copeland's performance as the Princess Ballerina will give you chills.” - Desiree Murphy, ET Online
a visual spectacle” - Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post


From the Studio That Brought You “Beauty and the Beast”


Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”
The Stunning, Magical Adventure Arrives Home on Digital and on Blu-ray™ Jan. 29


Featuring a star-studded cast, including Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland,
with Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman


BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2019) — Disney’s dazzling adventure “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” — inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale and the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker” — carried audiences along with 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking performances by Misty Copeland plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice … and no shortage of surprises. Destined to become an annual viewing tradition for adventurers of all ages, the film arrives home instantly with never-before-seen extras and deleted scenes on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Jan. 29, 2019.



Bonus features include a discussion with American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland about her role as the enchanting Ballerina Princess, her personal history with “The “Nutcracker” ballet, and her inspirational and historic rise within the world of dance. Extras take viewers on the set of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” to meet both new and reimagined characters, and discover how the Land of Sweets, Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and mysterious Fourth Realm were created to such dazzling effect. Deleted scenes provide a look at magical moments that didn’t make the final version of the movie.

In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.

The stunning feature film will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) or a single DVD.



Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY:
⦁ On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland - Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way.
⦁ Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” - Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie.
⦁ Deleted Scenes –
⦁ The Stahlbaums Arrive- As the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests.
⦁ Follow Your Ribbon- Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift.
⦁     Deleted Scene: Clara Asks About Her Mother- Sugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom.
⦁ Left, Left, Left, Left, Left- Wandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go.
⦁ Out with the Old- Sugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor.
⦁ Music Videos - “
⦁     “Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli- Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song.
⦁     “The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang- Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

ON DIGITAL:
⦁ Unwrapped: The Visual Effects of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”- View a reel that explores the layers of effects in sequences of the film.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Product SKUs: Digital UHD, HD, SD; Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code); Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code); DVD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time:  Approximately 99 minutes
Rating:     PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), PA in CE and PG in CF
Aspect Ratio:    1.85:1
Audio:                             Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
HD/SD Digital = English 5.1/2.0, Latin Spanish 5.1/2.0, French 5.1/2.0 (for some clients), English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (for some clients)
Languages/Subtitles:  Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish
       DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish
       HD/SD Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish
Closed Captions:   English (DVD and Digital)

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ABOUT “THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS” CAST AND CREW:
In the coming-of-age tale, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Keira Knightley stars as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mackenzie Foy portrays Clara. Helen Mirren brings much-feared Mother Ginger to life, and Morgan Freeman stars as Clara’s eccentric godfather, Drosselmeyer. Eugenio Derbez and Richard E. Grant play Hawthorne and Shiver, the regents of the Land of Flowers and Land of Snowflakes. Jayden Fowora-Knight was cast as Phillip Hoffman, the Nutcracker soldier come-to-life. Matthew Macfadyen, Ellie Bamber and Thomas Sweet were called on to play Clara’s father Mr. Stahlbaum, sister Louise, and brother Fritz, respectively. Omid Djalili and Jack Whitehall portray palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin, and the film features a special performance by ballet greats Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin.

Filmed in England at Pinewood Studios and various locations in and around London, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston. Suggested by the short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and “The “Nutcracker” ballet written by Marius Petipa, the screen story and screenplay are by Ashleigh Powell. The film is produced by Mark Gordon and Larry Franco, and executive produced by Sara Smith and Lindy Goldstein. Linus Sandgren, F.S.F., is the director of photography, Guy Hendrix Dyas serves as production designer and Stuart Levy, ACE, is the film editor. Jenny Beavan and Jenny Shircore are the costume designer and makeup and hair designer, respectively. Max Wood and Marc Weigert are the visual effects supervisor and visual effects producer, respectively. Music is by James Howard with a score conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, featuring piano soloist Lang Lang.

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*Bonus features may vary by retailer

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