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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"KHAAAAAAN!!!: A Star Trek Foolie" (From "Wrath Of Khan", 1982) (video)




We all remember the scene where Kirk screams "KHAAAAAAN!!!"

But there's a special extended version that nobody knows about.

Mainly because we just made it up.

And now, here it is for Star Trek fans everywhere to cherish.


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



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The Wait Is Over - Just Announced: "Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season"




Starring Original Cast Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring from the Iconic Series

VERONICA MARS (2019):
THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

Uncover the Mystery on DVD October 22, 2019

Coming to Blu-rayTM via Warner Archive Collection


BURBANK, CA (July 31, 2019) –Hey Marshmallows…The wait is over! Television’s favorite super-sleuth is back, and on a mission to save Neptune! Discover more secrets, snooping, and seduction like you have never seen before as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season on DVD October 22, 2019. Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season contains all 8 edge-of-your-seat episodes from the first season along with exhilarating extra content including the Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019 bonus feature! The DVD is priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($30.99 in Canada). Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season will also be available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers (available on August 19th in the U.S.).

Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-rayTM release includes all bonus features on the DVD and is also arriving October 22, 2019. Warner Archive Blu-ray releases are found at wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.

Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town's lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son's killer, Veronica (Kristen Bell) is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave's wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast's answer to Daytona Beach.

“You don’t need to be a superfan to get hooked on this new series,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “Both fans and newcomers of the critically-acclaimed series alike will be in for a treat as they relive their favorite episodes from the first season, along with the Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019 extra feature for a deeper investigation behind the scenes.”

Veronica Mars (2019) is executive produced by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, 2004; Veronica Mars, 2014 feature film; iZOMBIE), Diane Ruggiero-Wright (iZOMBIE, Veronica Mars, The Ex List), Dan Etheridge (Veronica Mars, Party Down), and Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, The Good Place, Bad Moms) and stars Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Person of Interest), and Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars, Ringer).


SPECIAL FEATURES

    Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019


8 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

    Spring Break Forever
    Chino and the Man
    Keep Calm and Party On
    Heads You Lose
    Losing Streak
    Entering a World of Pain
    Gods of War
    Years, Continents, Bloodshed

DIGITAL
The first season of Veronica Mars will be available to own on Digital on August 19 (in the U.S.). Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others.

BASICS
Digital Release: August 19, 2019 (in U.S.)
DVD Release: October 22, 2019
DVD Order Due Date: September 17, 2019
DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx. 456 min
Enhanced Content: Approx.30 min

UNITED STATES

DVD
Price: $24.98 SRP
2 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English

CANADA

DVD
Price: $30.99 SRP
2 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
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.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A New Reason to be Terrified Lurks Online: TERROR TV




A New Reason to be Terrified Lurks Online: 

TERROR TV

The “Netflix of Horror” Is Coming for YOU This Summer



Tempe, AZ – (July 30, 2019) A new, Global platform has launched; aimed at supplying Horror lovers a continuous supply of programming from one of the largest, modern collections of horror movies. Legendary Horror film producer/distributor Darrin Ramage announced today that Terror TV is now streaming on demand to subscribers on its Roku TV premium site. The company will soon make the service available directly to a worldwide audience over mobile devices, smart tablets and computers through its web portal and apps. The network’s terrifying programming will constantly be updated weekly with new titles.


COME GET TERRIFIED:

www.terrortv.com
 

Darrin Ramage remarked, “We have had the idea of building this vehicle since 2003 but the time wasn’t right until now, when I feel we can finally give to the public an easy, cost effective way to stream an almost endless supply of content in all horror genres”.

Mr. Ramage is the owner of the Seventy3º Multimedia group of companies which includes the popular Brain Damage Films. He has brought together highly respected television and media executive Robert A. Harris, entertainment veteran John Velasco and Chris Pati, founder of the #1 Independent Global Social Broadcast Media Network; to create and manage Terror TV.

Robert Harris said “With the ubiquity of high speed internet access, the time is right now to launch this unique platform and move into a new, exciting chapter of horror and thriller entertainment. I am pleased to be part of this team and look forward to bringing Darrin’s incredible library directly to a worldwide audience on-demand for the first time.

Terror TV will supply viewers both young and old, a unique collection of programming on demand, whatever their horror taste, and is priced to be affordable for all; with enough content to satisfy the most insatiable fans.

Charter subscribers will receive original, collectable gifts and on-going special offers.

John Velasco commented that “I have worked with all these people for years and I’m excited that we have finally all joined together on this one project and can bring our individual ideas and talents to the party”.

The Brain Damage on-line store will allow fans to collect posters, apparel and almost all the Horror-related merchandise they long for. Then, look out for “Terror Tuesdays” coming to movie theaters and venues across the nation. Brain Damage himself, the host of Terror TV, will be touring exhibitions and special events throughout the year.

Chris Pati added; “When I formed my company, it was with the idea to build further platforms after my initial IndimusicTV launch. This is the first idea that I have fully embraced and am looking forward to the reaction that fans will get when they discover just what this is”.

For More Information on Terror TV, Visit: www.TerrorTV.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terrortv/




About Darrin Ramage:
Darrin Ramage has, for many years, been the leader in cutting edge horror production and content since 1982. He formed the Seventy 3º Multimedia group of Companies, which is based at it’s multi studio facility in Tempe Arizona, to consolidate his various companies into one vertically integrated group. The divisions of Seventy3° Multimedia, encompass all facets of film, music production and post production, It’s distribution arm covers the world.

About Robert Harris:
Robert Harris is a respected media executive and producer with a long and distinguished career as an innovator in both traditional and new media.  Over his more than four decades in network television production, broadcasting, cable, internet and motion pictures as both a producer and senior studio and network executive Mr. Harris has made a lasting impact on popular culture and on media business models. He is currently producing scripted and non-scripted content for both traditional and emerging digital platforms. Robert served as President of Universal Television and President of MCA/Universal’s worldwide TV operations where he managed the development, sale and production of some fifty TV series and projects, including such iconic hits as Miami Vice; Murder, She Wrote, Magnum P.I.; The Incredible Hulk and The Equalizer. Later, as President and Director of Imagine Films Entertainment, Inc he was involved in the production of that company’s successful initial slate of films. As the first VP of Broadband Strategy for America On Line, he was a pioneer in delivering targeted video and audio content via the internet.  Mr. Harris was also a Director of Savage Beast Technologies, now known as Pandora Media, the very popular online streaming music service.

About John Velasco:
John Velasco is currently the CEO of MD25 Entertainment. This company encompasses a wide range of entertainment services from music publishing and management to film and television production. John has been in the entertainment industry for decades. Beginning in the theatre in London, England. He moved into the music publishing industry where he worked with Canopy Music, Hemdale, Cherry Lane and ran United Artist Music in the UK. John was UK head of the first Bertelsmann (now BMG) publishing company, Interworld Music. He moved to the USA as VP of CBS Songs. John has represented in management or publishing or both: Jimmy Webb, Black Sabbath, Yes, Davy Jones, John Denver, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Tommy Boyce and Randy Edelman. Worked with Sesame St, Parker Brothers, Marvel, Disney, American Idol, American Greetings. In 2017 he produced the Leadbelly Fest at Carnegie Hall. John is Chairman of RADD, member of The National Academy of Popular Music, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Science and Songwriters Hall of Fame

About Chris Pati:
Chris Pati is Founder/Chairman of IndiMusic TV, the number one Global Music Video Channel. Chris has also created SMBN, Inc., a company specializing in building and maintaining Social Media Broadcast Network platforms (a Patent Pending synergistic merge of linear broadcast and social media) for various brands. Their first official “white Label” project is Terror TV. Well known as a multi-instrumentalist/producer, Chris is also acclaimed for his blazing ability on guitar as well as his production talent. He has had over two dozen Top 20 Billboard hits and his Modern Voices Label was named a TOP 10 Indie Label by Billboard. In 1981 he was already refining the home project studio and fifteen years later he foresaw the demise of the brick and mortar music business. Thus, he decided to focus strictly on Digital Distribution and was a pioneer in creating and promoting Digital Content, launching  a digital store and website in 1995. Chris was honored by Berry Gordy (Founder of Motown Records), when he called on Chris to arrange and perform an impromptu medley of "America the Beautiful" and "Lift up Your Hearts and Voices" for opera star and actress N'kenge at President Obama's 2009 Commander-In-Chief Inaugural Ball. Chris has shared the stage with Bon Jovi, Peter Frampton, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, Ann Wilson and many other outstanding artists.. He sits on the Board of Directors of the charity "Rock and Roll For Children".


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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Reminds Me Of The Reform School" (video)




The Stooges enter a fancy place.

Moe says: "What a joint!"

And Larry says: "Yeah! Reminds me of the reform school."

(threestooges.net)

IF A BODY MEETS A BODY (1945)
MICRO-PHONIES (1945)
HALF-WITS HOLIDAY (1947)
FUELIN' AROUND (1949)
PIES AND GUYS (1958)


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Monday, July 29, 2019

"Warriors, Come Out To Play-Yay" On Speed!!! ("The Warriors", 1979) (video)




We all know that scene at the end of "The Warriors" (1979)...

...where David Patrick Kelly is clanking the beer bottles together...

...and shrieking "Warriors...come out to play-yay!"

Well, here it is speeded up. Faster...then faster...then faster still!

Why? We're not really sure, but it does sound funny.


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Two Incredible Yakima Canutt Stunts From John Ford's "Stagecoach" (John Wayne, 1939) (video)




"Stagecoach" (1939) would be John Wayne's starmaking picture.

His friend, actor/stuntman Yakima Canutt, was the film's stunt coordinator.

Yakima personally performed one thrilling stunt in particular...

...which would famously inspire a similar one in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

And then there's the next one...

Yakima Canutt would win an honorary Oscar award in 1967.


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Sunday, July 28, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #45: Ferry Crossing, "True Grit" (1969) (video)




Grizzed old lawman Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne)...

...and a callow Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell)...

...forbid young Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) to join the hunt for the man who killed her father.

But the determined girl is not so easily left behind.


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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Who's That Knocking On My Face?" (video)




When a Stooge is supposed to knock on a door...

...and isn't looking while doing it...

...so he accidentally knocks on somebody's head instead of the door.

(threestooges.net)

CALLING ALL CURS (1939)
BOOBS IN ARMS (1940)
THREE SMART SAPS (1942)
IDLE ROOMERS (1944)
THREE PESTS IN A MESS (1945)
G. I. WANNA HOME (1946)
CRIME ON THEIR HANDS (1948)
DOPEY DICKS (1950)
LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1950)
BABY SITTERS JITTERS (1951)
MUSTY MUSKETEERS (1954)
MUSCLE UP A LITTLE CLOSER (1957)


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Friday, July 26, 2019

Writer, producer, director, DAX PHELAN, “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND” and “JASMINE” Helms Hitchcokian Thriller "KIRKWOOD"




DAX PHELAN TO RETURN HOME 

TO DIRECT “KIRKWOOD” FEATURE FILM

Writer, producer, and director whose credits include “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND”and “JASMINE” to helm Hitchcockian thriller to be filmed in St. Louis during the fall and winter of 2019



ST LOUIS (July 25, 2019) -- Los Angeles-based writer/producer/director Dax Phelan (“The Other Side of the Wind”) will return home to St. Louis to direct his sophomore feature film, “Kirkwood,” this fall and winter.

The film is a Hitchcockian suspense thriller about former police detective Joe Dolan and his estranged teenage son, Max, who grow closer as they work together to cover up an accidental murder.  But, when the family of the deceased hires a ruthless private investigator to re-examine the evidence in the case and the investigator begins to suspect the Dolans, Max’s sanity is pushed to the breaking point and Joe must take extreme measures to keep their secret safe.

Phelan wrote the story with his father, Joe Phelan, a former City of St. Louis policeman. 

Phelan wrote the screenplay and will produce with Stratton Leopold (“Mission: Impossible III”) and Eric M. Klein (“Jasmine”). 

“Although I’ve made films all over the world, I’ve always dreamed of one day coming home to Missouri to make something personal with my family and friends,” Phelan said.  “I’m grateful to the Missouri Film Office, which has been working with me to turn that dream into a reality, and I look forward to teaming up with other local partners.” 
 
In 2015, Phelan wrote, produced, and directed his feature directorial debut, “Jasmine.”  Shot in Hong Kong, the thriller played in 75 film festivals worldwide and won nearly 100 awards, including 17 for Best Picture, 10 for Best Director, and 5 for Best Screenplay.  The film was acquired by Lionsgate and released theatrically on June 16, 2017. 

In 2018, Phelan was included in the LA Film Awards’ list of “Thirty Filmmakers to Watch,” a celebration of the “inspiring, creative, and incredibly talented directors who are making indie filmmaking great right now.”

Phelan recently co-produced Orson Welles’s final film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” with Frank Marshall. The film had its world premiere at the 75th Venice Film Festival where it opened to strong reviews and was released theatrically by Netflix on November 2, 2018.  The National Board of Review honored the film with the prestigious and rarely given William K. Everson Film History Award.  It also received the Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics and appeared on over thirty year-end “Top 10” lists.

Phelan grew up in Kirkwood and is a graduate of Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School.


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Dark Star Pictures Acquires all North American Rights To Action-Thriller "THE PREY"




DARK STAR PICTURES ACQUIRES “JAILBREAK” HELMER JIMMY HENDERSON’S ACTION THRILLER “THE PREY” FOR NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE

AFTER A SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL RUN AND RECENT PREMIERE AT FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL, THE FILM WILL THRILL AUDIENCES THEATRICALLY THIS OCTOBER WITH A VOD RELEASE TO FOLLOW



July 23, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) - Dark Star Pictures has announced today that it has acquired North American rights to action thriller THE PREY. The company is planning an October theatrical release followed by VOD and DVD release.

The film has excited audiences and critics at festivals including: Busan International Film Festival 2018, BFI London Film Festival 2018, Hawaii Film Festival 2018, Night Visions, and most recently Fantasia Film Festival 2019.

Loosely based on Richard Connell's story of survival and adventure The Most Dangerous Game,  THE PREY comes from writer/director Jimmy Henderson and the team behind genre festival hit JAILBREAK.


Undercover Chinese cop Xin (newcomer Gu Shangwei), is on a secret international mission when a surprise raid puts him in a remote Cambodian jungle prison that plays by its own rules. Ruthless warden (Vithaya Pansringarm of ONLY GOD FORGIVES ) sells prisoners as human prey for rich hunters looking for thrills in the jungle.

After years of hunting down ruthless criminals, Xin suddenly finds himself running for his life. If Xin manages to survive this sadistic game, he’ll walk out of the jungle the same way he came in: as a free man. If Xin fails, he’s just another hunting trophy.

Theatrical openings will include Los Angeles, New York, and more to be announced. The deal was negotiated by Dark Star President Michael Repsch and Pip Ngo of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.


“THE PREY is an exceptionally fun, high strung action film that is exhilarating from start to finish” said Repsch. “But what really drew us to the film was the societal context - specifically the look at how class systems can be taken to the extreme, which could not be more relevant in our society today.” 

DIRECTOR: Jimmy Henderson (JAILBREAK)
WRITTEN BY: Jimmy Henderson, Michael Hodgson, Kai Miller
CAST: Byron Bishop, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Nophand Boonyai, Vithaya Panringarm (ONLY GOD FORGIVES), Gu Shang Wei

Distributed by LA-based Dark Star Pictures.

RT: 93 minutes; Color; Language: Cambodian and Chinese with English subtitles; Rating: Not Rated


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


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John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #44: Desperate Landing, "High and the Mighty" (1954) (video)




(SPOILERS!)

Duke is co-captain on a crippled prop plane from Hawaii...


...that has just barely made it to the California coast.

But now, with failing engines and about a minute's worth of gasoline...

...there's still the little matter of landing the plane.


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Thursday, July 25, 2019

All The Creature Scenes From "The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues" (1955) (video)




American Releasing Corporation would soon become American-International.

Unlike most of its kind, this film shows its monster right away.

Kent Taylor plays a biologist named "Ted Baxter."

The creature is the result of a scientific experiment gone wrong.

The film's budget was approximately $100,000.

This film was likely intended to capitalize on the popularity of an earlier film...

..."The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954).

It was released on a double bill with "The Day The World Ended"...

...yielding a sizable profit from undemanding monster movie fans.


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Disney's "Aladdin" Arrives on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Aug. 27 and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ Sept. 10




Experience the Magic in a Whole New Way

Disney’s “Aladdin”

Arrives on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Aug. 27 and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ Sept. 10



Extras illuminate a whole new world behind the scenes of “Aladdin,” including on-set visits with Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud and Guy Ritchie, a deleted song, deleted scenes and side-splitting bloopers

Extras explore elements of “Aladdin” that audiences adore, from the film’s treasured, iconic award-winning music to its beloved characters and their hilarious antics on and off screen. Viewers get the first look at an all-new song “Desert Moon,” deleted from the final film, written by eight-time Academy Award® winning composer Alan Menken and Oscar®-and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“The Greatest Showman,” “La La Land”). Features document Guy Ritchie’s joyful, easy-going approach to directing that led to movie magic; Will Smith’s fresh take on the infamous shape-shifting blue entity confined to an oil lamp; Naomi Scott’s powerful performance as the spirited princess who yearns to lead the people of Agrabah; and the indescribable feeling of playing Aladdin chronicled personally by Mena Massoud. Deleted scenes and a blooper reel round out the fun.






In 4K for the First Time, The Animated Classic “Aladdin” Joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Aug. 27

And on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ Sept. 10



Relive the adventure with the film’s iconic characters, timeless humor and award-winning music, available for the first time in shining, shimmering, splendid 4K Ultra HD™ with fresh extras, including original cast recordings and a brand-new sing-along version

The Signature Collection Edition invites every member of the family to join Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine to belt out the unforgettable songs from “Aladdin” — such as “A Whole New World,” “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali” — through a new sing-along version. Other fresh features include a walk down memory lane with Scott Weinger (speaking voice of Aladdin) as he reflects on his personal journey portraying the diamond in the rough and meeting with the original cast and filmmakers, and one jump into the recording booth during the original recording sessions. Digital exclusive features legendary animator Eric Goldberg reminiscing about drawing Genie. Also included are hours of classic bonus gems, from hilarious outtakes with the legendary Robin Williams (voice of Genie) to an in-depth discussion with directors John Musker and Ron Clements.



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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Spy Thriller "ECCO" Opens Nationwide August 9th on 350 Screens -- See Trailer HERE




Spy Thriller ECCO Opens August 9th
on 350 Screens Nationwide

Writer-director Ben Medina's feature debut delivers spectacular action, character-driven drama, and an ending that will have audiences talking long after the credits roll.


Michael (Lathrop Walker) is a ghost. Living in the shadows with his new family, years away from his past life as a covert assassin, his peace and anonymity are shattered when his former employers return to bury their last surviving operative.

With his truth exposed, Michael must protect his family and pursue his only chance at redemption by hunting down those behind the organization where all his sins were born.   


 Written and directed by award-winning commercial director Ben Medina and starring Lathrop Walker (Leverage), Tabitha Bastien (The Wonderland Murders), Helena Grace Donald (Hellraiser: Judgment), and Michael Winters (Gilmore Girls, NYPD Blue), ECCO was filmed throughout the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and features an atmospheric score by Chris Morphitis. 

ECCO is a singular thriller in the tradition of Drive, Hanna, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, helmed by a visionary director about to break big. A thinking person's action film filled with cinematic signatures and unexpected plot turns, Medina is a director to watch and his feature debut will not be forgotten.

-----

Nationwide theatrical release: August 9, 2019

Running time: 123 minutes | Feature | MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by Citadel Film Group

Official website: https://www.ecco-movie.com/


 WATCH THE TRAILER




Copyright © 2019 Smarthouse Creative, All rights reserved.

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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Coffee, Tea, Or Paint?" (video)




A cup of coffee next to a cup of paint...

...means somebody always ends up drinking the paint.

And sometimes the paint tastes better!

(threestooges.net)

TASSELS IN THE AIR (1938)
BUSY BUDDIES (1944)
SHIVERING SHERLOCKS (1948)
A SNITCH IN TIME (1950)
THE NEW 3 STOOGES (1965)


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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

It Just Got Real! — Universal Studios Hollywood Marks the Grand Opening of “JURASSIC WORLD: THE RIDE” with a Star-Studded Celebration



It Just Got Real!— Universal Studios Hollywood Marks the Grand Opening of “Jurassic World—The Ride” with a Star-Studded Celebration
 

Universal City, CA, July 23, 2019 – Universal Studios Hollywood ushered in its new mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride” with a grand opening celebration attended by stars of the JURASSIC WORLD films and of the new thrill ride, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard along with the film’s Director/Screenwriter Colin Trevorrow and Producer Frank Marshall. They were joined by Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal; Tom Williams, Chairman, Universal Parks & Resort; Karen Irwin, President & COO of Universal Studios Hollywood, and Mark Woodbury Vice Chairman, Universal Parks and Resort & President.

Inspired by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s JURASSIC WORLD blockbuster films, this spectacular new adventure features Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong reprising their film roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu. It soars to new heights with the addition of iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus.


“Jurassic World—The Ride” captures the essence of the blockbuster movies and comes to life in collaboration with the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

The experience is further enhanced by the all-new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter,” where Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies, engages with guests in daring face-to-face encounters, along with the addition of two new realistic dinosaurs – Baby Raptor with her handler and a life-size, life-like Triceratops. A new interactive “Dino Play” area invites children of all ages to explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

Costa Rican-inspired cuisine and flavorful Tiki cocktails served at Jurassic Café and all-new tropical Isla Nu-bar add to the dynamic guest experience while an array of souvenir collectible, limited edition and one-of-a-kind dimensional dinosaur sculptures from the Jurassic Outfitters store invite guests to savor a piece of this exciting thrill ride even after they’ve gone home.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Neighbor Pass invites guests to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.


Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage. 


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Sappiest Love Song Ever? From "The Cocoanuts" (Marx Brothers, 1929): "When My Dreams Come True" (video)




The Marx Brothers' filmed stage musical "The Cocoanuts" was scored by famed composer Irving Berlin.

Architect Bob Adams (Oscar Shaw) describes the romantic love nest he's designing for himself and sweetheart Polly (Mary Eaton). 
Which leads into one of the sappiest love songs ever, "When My Dreams Come True."

"This Spanish castle I've built in my mind..."
"...will be our love nest, the practical kind..."

While Groucho romances Margaret Dumont... 
...the song gets reprised throughout the show.

Harpo even has to perform it twice.
(He manages to make it sound good on his harp)

Chico, bless his heart, is mercifully spared.

And, with the Marx Brothers relagated to a brief cutaway...
...the song reappears for the big finish.

Not one of Irving Berlin's finest moments.


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Monday, July 22, 2019

THE FATE OF LEE KHAN -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




"Wuxia" is a film genre celebrating the adventures of martial arts heroes in ancient China, one which I liken to tales of the 19th-century American West but with swords instead of six guns and rowdy roadhouse inns instead of saloons. 

Chinese film auteur King Hu (A TOUCH OF ZEN) conveys this feeling and more in his engaging action thriller THE FATE OF LEE KHAN, aka "Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo" (Film Movement Classics, 1973), a first-class entry in the genre and one which eschews its sometimes hokier aspects.

The plot can be boiled down to this: Lee Khan (Feng Tian), a ruthless official for the Yuan Dynasty, has acquired the war plans of the Chinese rebel army, which must be recovered by resistance fighters as soon as possible.


These include a group of warrior women posing as waitresses in a remote desert inn which will soon serve as a stopover to Lee Khan during his travels.  Thus, with the help of some male rebels posing as employees and a spy within Khan's ranks, the stage is set for a no-holds-barred confrontation that will include the genre's requisite swordfighting, kickboxing, and other assorted mayhem.

Till then, though, the wait for Lee Khan's entourage to arrive gives us a chance to spend much time in the colorful, lighthearted atmosphere of the Spring Inn, a warm, welcoming location which will dominate the film the same way Joan Crawford's rustic saloon does in the Nicholas Ray classic JOHNNY GUITAR.

We get to absorb some fascinating ancient Chinese culture by watching the antics of eccentric and often boisterous customers interacting with the inn's sassy waitresses or whooping it up at the gambling table.  The cheeky young ladies (including Hong Kong favorite Angela "Lady Whirlwind" Mao) are a joy, as is their no-nonsense mistress, Wan Jen-mi (Li Hua Li), who must keep things together until Lee Khan's impending arrival.


Also of interest are a couple of frantic fight scenes that erupt in the film's first half, one due to an invasion by a gang of thieves that quickly turns against them when the girls go into action. 

All the well-choreographed mayhem (coordinated by a young Sammo Hung) seems more explosive within the confines of the inn, with convincing physical action devoid of fake-looking wirework (but plenty of springboard leaps). Most of it is kept to simple non-lethal fun, and the whole thing is enjoyable as, in Quentin Tarantino's parlance, a "hang-out film" wherein the pleasure comes from simply spending time with these people in this setting.

It all changes, of course, when Lee Khan makes his auspicous entrance along with his equally formidable and fearsome sister, Lee Wan-erh (Feng Hsu) and their deadly guards.  The plot to steal the rebel plans away from Khan turns the formerly lighthearted mood dead serious when any wrong move or ill-spoken word can result in instant execution. 


Director King Hu wields a sure hand in his eye-pleasing depiction of rural ancient China, which often has the look and feel of an Italian western (especially in its barren exteriors which resemble the wastelands of Spain).  Camerawork is always well-placed but never draws attention to itself. 

The engaging story benefits from a very capable cast who handle not only the dramatic aspects but the action as well. While not as consistently kinetic as many wuxia films, this one builds to an extended final battle between the rebels and Lee Khan's forces which should satisfy any fan of the genre, wrapping things up in gripping and sometimes surprising fashion.

The Blu-ray from Film Movement Classics is in 2.35:1 widescreen with 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo.  Mandarin with English subtitles.  Picture and sound quality are fine.  Extras consist of a featurette ("The Fate of King Hu"), trailers for this and other Film Movement Classics releases, and an illustrated booklet with an essay by Stephen Teo.

Devotees of this kind of entertainment are in for a treat with THE FATE OF LEE KHAN, but you don't have to be a wuxia fan to appreciate its winsome charms.  This finely-rendered trip back to a colorful, exotic ancient time may have you yearning to hang out at the Spring Inn again and again.



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"RELISH" -- World Premiere at Burbank International Film Festival of Modern-Day "Breakfast Club"




"RELISH"

World Premiere at the 2019 Burbank International Film Festival



Starring: Hana Hayes, Mateus Ward, Rio Mangini, Chelsea Zhang, and introducing Tyler DiChiara

Set as a modern day breakfast club, RELISH follows the story of five teenage outcasts, who escape a private treatment facility in hopes of attending the infamous Dreamland Music Festival.

Led by a rebellious transgender male, Kai (Tyler DiChiara), and with help from Aspen (Hana Hayes), a social media influencer, Levi (Mateus Ward), a football player addicted to opioids, Theo (Rio Mangini), who suffers from bipolar disorder, and Sawyer (Chelsea Zhang) an alien obsessed nerd, the five embark on the journey of a lifetime.

The film brings a level of authenticity to the heart-wrenching struggles and challenges faced by modern teens, especially by the transgender community today.


RELISH is an emotional, and inspiring tale about the powerful bond of friendship, dealing with ones own personal demons, and learning that our differences make us special.

RELISH will have its' World Premiere at the 2019 Burbank International Film Festival and will be in competition.

RELISH stars Hana Hayes, Mateus Ward, Rio Mangini, Chelsea Zhang, Matthew Nardozzi, with James Morrison and Angel Parker, and introducing Tyler DiChiara. Written, directed, and produced by Justin Ward. Produced by Terry Nardozzi and co-produced by Mateus Ward. Cinematography by Bryan Koss, edited by Erik Swanson, and music by Rio Mangini. A MANM production, in association with Ohana Films, Inc.


Directed/written by: Justin Ward
Produced by: Terry Nardozzi

RT: 98 Minutes | Not Yet Rated
Genre: US / Drama

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7639502/
Facebook: facebook.com/RelishTheMovie/
Twitter: twitter.com/relish_themovie
Instagram: instagram.com/relish_themovie/


RELISH will screen at the following dates and times:

Burbank International Film Festival (limited press tickets available)

Friday, September 6 at 8:00PM  -  Burbank AMC 16 Theaters
                                                       125 E. Palm Ave, Burbank, CA 91502

Copyright © 2019 Millennial PR, All rights reserved.


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The Dumbest Shark Scenes In "Jaws: The Revenge" (1987) (video)




(SPOILERS!)

In the fourth "Jaws" movie the Brody family is being stalked...


...by a vengeful shark who kills one Brody son...

and then follows the remaining Brodys from New York to the Bahamas.

Chief Brody is now dead (constant fear of sharks gave him a heart attack.)

But wife Ellen and son Michael are still defiantly anti-shark...

...and with Michael Caine's help, they confront the big, roaring monster shark.

Fortunately for bad movie fans, it's all as awful as it sounds.


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Sunday, July 21, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #43: Cargo Dump, "High and the Mighty" (1954) (video)




Duke is co-captain on a crippled prop plane over the Pacific Ocean...

...trying to make it to the California coast.

But it looks like they may have to ditch in the ocean.

Either way, they must lose as much weight as possible...

...and that means tossing all the passengers' luggage to the fishes.


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Saturday, July 20, 2019

BLOOD PARADISE -- DVD Review by Porfle




Who'd have thunk it? It turns out Texas doesn't have a monopoly on clans of tightly-wound yokels suffering from too much isolation and a surfeit of plain old down-home "coo-coo."  Which is what novelist Robin Richards discovers when she travels to Sweden for a quiet, secluded farm getaway and ends up right in the middle of BLOOD PARADISE (Artsploitation Films, 2018).

And if you thought that sentence was tortured, just wait'll you see what's in store for Robin (co-writer and co-producer Andréa Winter) after her latest twisted-sex novels drive readers away and her agent suggests she head for the Swedish hills to get her head back together. 

It seems farmers are opening their doors to guests who want to escape the city for the pastoral experience and surround themselves with cows, chickens, and, in this particular case, some vaguely not-all-there people like farmer Rolf (Rolf Brunnström), his creepy mute sister, his surly son who likes to carry a sniper rifle around, and Rolf's dead wife who's buried in the garden...or is she?


Even the driver (Christer Cavallius) who picks Robin up at the train station and takes her to Rolf's farm is a weird fellow who's a big, big fan of Robin's books and has "stalker" written all over him.

His name is Hans Bubi (a "Die Hard" reference perhaps?) and he's my favorite character because he's just such a manic oddball (I love his frantic arguments with his jealous, plant-obsessed wife) who I hoped would turn out to be a good guy and not just another member of the creep crowd.

Anyway, with all of that established, BLOOD PARADISE is all set to start keeping us in a state of tense suspense for the rest of its running time. Director Patrick von Barkenberg takes his sweet time letting the story unfold just quickly enough for us to savor every moment of growing unease and mystery as Robin warily observes the actions of her hosts as they grow more suspicious and unsettling.


The film itself is a visual treat, each shot nicely composed with lots of little directorial touches that are oddly satisfying.  Performances never go over the top, and the film is refreshingly devoid of the usual jump scares and musical stings. It isn't even all that gory.

Indeed, what happens to Robin (and some other unfortunate people around her) might've been turned into the same tired old torture porn working itself into a lather trying to "scare" us, but instead we're drawn into an increasingly engrossing scenario that carries us along on a wave of pure, skin-crawling suspense.

The low-key, non-sensationalistic nature of BLOOD PARADISE is one of its most pleasing qualities, along with a bone-dry sense of humor.  We're able to identify with Robin and thus slowly get up inside the story and experience each and every disturbing little pastoral perversion along with her.  And the film itself is so finely-wrought that despite its potent capacity for horror, it's a pleasure to watch.



More info and where to buy


Product Details

    Format: DVD (also available in Blu-ray)
    Catalog: ART67
    UPC: 851597006773
    Country: Sweden
    Language: English (with optional subtitles)
    Rating: NR
    Year: 2018
    Length: 84 min.
    Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital, 2.0 Stereo
    Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
    Bonus material: Four deleted scenes, 2 Music Videos: "Dreamer" by Baby Yoga, "You and Me" by Baby Yoga




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Hideous Radiation Monster From "Day The World Ended" (Roger Corman, 1955) (video)




Roger Corman's low-budget sci-fi shocker begins with devastating nuclear war...

...and a group of survivors in a mountain hideaway owned by Paul Birch.

Unfortunately, the house is surrounded by radiation mutants...
...of varying degrees of horribleness...

...but the worst is this hideous Paul Blaisdell creation.

It naturally takes an interest in Lori Nelson and Adele Jergens.

While Richard Denning and Mike "Touch" Connors handle the "good guy/bad guy" stuff...
...the wretched beast makes off with lovely Miss Nelson.

Blaisdell wears his own distinctively designed monster suit.
It may not look that great, but it's definitely memorable.


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Friday, July 19, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Paint Me, Paint You" (video)




When the Stooges are painting something...

...one Stooge isn't paying attention...

...and accidentally paints on another Stooge's hand, head, behind, etc. (threestooges.net)

TASSELS IN THE AIR (1938)
BACK FROM THE FRONT (1943)
MUMMY'S DUMMIES (1948)
A SNITCH IN TIME (1950)


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Want To See Joe Bob Briggs? Here's Where He'll Be...




WANT TO SEE JOE BOB? HERE'S WHERE HE'LL BE:
 

▪     July 21: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Montreal
▪     August 2: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Williamsburg
▪     August 2-4: Scares that Care Weekend, Williamsburg
▪     August 29: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Raleigh
▪     August 30-September 1: Creature Feature Weekend, Gettysburg
▪     October 4: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Phoenixville
▪     October 9: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Cleveland
▪     October 11-13: Telluride Horror Show, Telluride
▪     October 15: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Winchester
▪     October 19: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Portland
▪     November 9: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Tulsa
▪     November 10: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Oklahoma City
▪     November 13: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Austin
▪     November 22: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Providence

Read Joe Bob's latest column: "Whatever Happened To Innocent Until Proven Guilty?"



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Raja Gosnell Signs On To Direct Live-Action "SANTA: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS" For Armory Films




RAJA GOSNELL SIGNS ON TO DIRECT LIVE-ACTION 

“SANTA: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS”

Armory Films to Produce Alongside DNF Pictures & K. JAM Media


Los Angeles, CA (July 18, 2019) – Raja Gosnell (The Smurfs franchise, Scooby Doo, Never Been Kissed) has signed on to direct the live-action family film Santa: The Adventure Begins from a script penned by Tamara Taillie in her feature film debut.  Armory Films’ Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros (The Peanut Butter Falcon, Arctic, Mudbound) have come on board to produce alongside DNF Pictures’ Dean Altit (Realms, The Misfits) and K. JAM Media’s Kia Jam. (Lucky Number Slevin, The Misfits) Academy Award winner Barrie Osborne(Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Mulan) is executive producing and K. JAM Media’s Carolina Vianna Leite will serve as co-producer.

Santa: The Adventure Begins will bring the world's most beloved and recognizable mythical persona to life in an exciting holiday epic. This legendary story of Santa Claus reveals his humble origins as an orphan and young would-be toymaker. In a quest to know his true identity, Santa embarks upon a journey to the forbidden North.  With a little help from his friends, Santa discovers the source of his extraordinary magic, and we learn how Santa finds his true love, his forever home and his destiny. Marisol Roncali and Chelsea Bloch (Deadpool 2, Fast &Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Jungle Cruise) are currently casting with principal photography set to begin late this year in Cologne, Germany, in cooperation with MMC Studios.

Producer Kia Jam commented: “My producing partners and I are thrilled to have Raja on board as our director for this film.  He has proven time and time again that he is the master of family films and is the perfect film maker for us and our origin story of Santa Claus.”

Armory Films’ Christopher Lemole added: “This is a fantastic Santa origin story and we can’t think of anyone better than Raja to direct. We are very much looking forward to the world he is about to create.”

Gosnell has directed such films as: Columbia Pictures’ The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2; Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua; Fox’s Never Been Kissed; and Warner Bros.’ Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.  Gosnell began his career as an editor working on classic films including: Academy Award® nominee Pretty Woman, Academy Award® nominee Home Alone and Academy Award® winner Mrs. Doubtfire. Gosnell is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency.

Armory Films’ slate includes: The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen, which received rave reviews and the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award out of its SXSW premiere and was acquired by Roadside Attractions which will release the film August 9th; Joe Penna’s Arctic, starring Mads Mikkelsen; Dee Rees’ lauded feature Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund; and Charlie Day’s directorial debut El Tonto starring Day, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, which is currently in post-production.


ABOUT ARMORY:
Founded in 2013 by Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros, Armory Films is a film finance and production company that creates, develops, produces, and finances high concept and commercially viable content. With the ability to finance projects from initial creative inception through production and release, Armory has amassed an impressive slate spanning numerous genres and styles, nurturing distinctive stories into groundbreaking films.

Armory recently wrapped production in Los Angeles on Charlie Day’s directorial debut El Tonto starring Day, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, John Malkovich, Edie Falco, Jillian Bell, Ken Jeong, Adrien Brody, Ray Liotta and Travis Fimmel, and produced The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring newcomer Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern, which received rave reviews and the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award out of its SXSW premiere. Roadside Attractions acquired the film for the US and will release August 9, 2019. Up next, they will be teaming with Don Handfield on the sci-fi comic book series The Dark Age.

They also produced Joe Penna’s Arctic, starring Mads Mikkelsen which made its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival where it was acquired by Bleeker Street for North American distribution and released earlier this year and produced and financed Dee Rees’ lauded feature Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund, which rose to critical success since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. After being acquired by Netflix, the film went on to receive a record breaking four Academy Award Nominations, making the film a milestone in Netflix’s history in the awards race.


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"The Giant Claw" (1957) Versus The Punk Teenagers! (video)




Jeff Morrow and Mara Corday are speeding to Washington...

...when they encounter a carload of punk teens out for a joyride.

Don't they know that The Giant Claw is on the loose?

But to these wild teens, it's just another "kick"!

And they've got salt for its tail.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

NEON Re-Releases Todd Douglas Miller's "APOLLO 11" In Theaters July 20th, In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing




IN HONOR OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDING NEON WILL

RE-RELEASE TODD DOUGLAS MILLER’S ‘APOLLO 11’ IN THEATERS ON JULY 20TH

THE STUNNING CINEMATIC EVENT PASSES $9MM AT THE BOX OFFICE AS THE TOP GROSSING DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

 

New York, NY (July 16, 2019) – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, NEON will re-release Todd Douglas Miller’s critically acclaimed film, APOLLO 11, in theaters on July 20th.  The run will include weeklong engagements and special one-off showings in over 100 theaters across top markets including New York, Los Angeles, DC, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Miami.

Todd Douglas Miller’s APOLLO 11 is a cinematic event fifty years in the making, crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings. The film takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission.

APOLLO 11 premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won the editing prize.  The film, which opened in theaters on March 1st, 2019, will cross $9 million after this weekend’s anniversary re-launch and remains the top grossing documentary of the year.  APOLLO 11 made a strong debut internationally this summer, being the top grossing documentary in the UK with over $1mm box office to date.


For a full list of theaters, and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.apollo11movie.com/



NEON recently premiered Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite at Cannes, where it went on to win the Palme d’Or.  At the festival, the company also acquired Celine Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which won the Best Screenplay Award.  Upcoming titles also include:  Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska’s documentary Honeyland; Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, starring Academy Award® Nominee Alfre Woodard; Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala's horror film The Lodge; Abe Forsythe’s Little Monsters; and Julius Onah’s Luce. Recent titles include:  Tom Harper’s critics’ darling Wild Rose starring Jessie Buckley; John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm; the electrifying documentary about Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace; and Border, Sweden‘s entry for best foreign language film which garnered an Academy Award® nomination.


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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "I'll Make A Note Of It!" (video)




After Moe threatens or scolds another Stooge...

...or says "Remind me to moider you later!"...

...the other Stooge responds with "I'll make a note of it!"

After which Moe usually decides to moider them now. (threestooges.net)


CASH AND CARRY (1937)
THREE SAPPY PEOPLE (1939)
DIZZY DETECTIVES (1943)
PARDON MY CLUTCH (1948)
THREE HAMS ON RYE (1950)


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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS" -- Winner of "Best Feature" at the 2018 Sci-Fi-London Film Fest Is Coming to iTunes August 6th




"NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS"

“A MESMERIZING HOUSTON-SET SPIN ON ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND.” - SIGHT & SOUND MAGAZINE

 

Winner of ‘Best Film’ at the 2018 Sci-Fi London Film Festival, this lo-fi indie from Houston marks the feature film debut from writer/director Justin Petty, in what can be best described as a weird, defiantly different slice of surreal cinema from southeast Texas.

Mixing science fiction, comedy, and suspense, Nothing Really Happens explores the madness of everyday existence from the perspective of Dave (Adam Edwards), a 30-year-old mattress store owner, who becomes increasingly untethered in a strangely off-kilter world.


Produced by Emmy Award-winner Joseph Graham. Starring Adam Edwards, Lindsay Gustin, Bobby Dornbos, and Anthony Obi aka Fat Tony.

Featuring music by electronic artist Pfaff and score by Gifdead.



WATCH THE TRAILER


iTunes release: August 6, 2019
Running time: 100 minutes | Feature | Not Rated
Distributed by Indie Rights

 Copyright © 2019 Smarthouse Creative, All rights reserved.



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All The Vampira Scenes In "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959) (video)





Vampira (aka Maila Nurmi) was a popular TV horror movie hostess in the 50s.

Filmmaker Ed Wood persuaded her to appear in his magnum opus, "Plan 9 From Outer Space."

She plays "Vampire Girl", an undead woman resurrected by space aliens.

Also in the cast are Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson...
...and a stand-in for the late Bela Lugosi.

The film didn't do much for Vampira's career at the time.

But bad movie fans would rediscover it decades later...
...and elevate it to the status of a revered classic.

Maila Nurmi (Vampira) 1922-2008


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Marvel Studios Celebrates In-Home Release of "AVENGERS: ENDGAME" With the "We Love You 3000" Tour




MARVEL STUDIOS CELEBRATES THE IN-HOME RELEASE OF “AVENGERS: ENDGAME” WITH THE

“WE LOVE YOU 3000” TOUR

Nine cities and 3,000 giveaways to thank fans who’ve invested 11 years in the MCU!



In celebration of the in-home release of “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel Studios and directors Anthony and Joe Russo have teamed up to launch the “We Love You 3000” Tour as a way to thank the fans who have invested so deeply in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), making it the single most successful franchise in film history.

Special guests from Marvel Studios and the MCU will visit nine U.S. cities — beginning in San Diego at Comic-Con International on July 20 and ending in Anaheim at D23 Expo 2019 the weekend of Aug. 23-25— greeting and treating fans at each tour stop.  A total of 3,000 MCU Funko Pop Vinyl Figures will be distributed to fans throughout the tour as well as additional giveaways ranging from exclusive “Avengers: Endgame” prints to McDonald’s vouchers for a free Happy Meal® plus an Avengers: Endgame Happy Meal toy to a MCU inspired sundaes and recipe cards courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s.

Best Buy will serve as the location for five “We Love You 3000” Tour stops, hosting in-store fan events to celebrate the nationwide release of Marvel Studios “Avengers: Endgame” on Blu-ray™ Aug. 13. Events will feature signings with Marvel Studios filmmakers and/or MCU talent; a special digital photo booth; specialty promotional giveaways, including MCU Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures and exclusive “Avengers: Endgame” prints; and much more.  Fans can also get their hands on the exclusive, limited edition "Avengers: Endgame” SteelBook and other collectable SteelBooks from the MCU at Best Buy stores across the country and on BestBuy.com.


For more information on what’s taking place in each market, visit www.Marvel.com/WeLoveYou3000.

Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #WeLoveYou3000.


FAN EVENTS/TOUR STOPS:

July 20          SAN DIEGO, Comic-Con International - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo, Writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and a special guest from the MCU

July 30            EVERETT, WA, Funko HQ – to be announced

Aug. 8             SAN FRANCISCO, Giants vs. Phillies at Oracle Park - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo at the San Francisco Giants’ Marvel Night

Aug. 13           MIAMI, Best Buy store – to be announced  

Aug. 13           CHICAGO, Best Buy store - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo           

Aug. 13           TORRANCE, CA, Best Buy store – to be announced                                 

Aug. 14           MINNEAPOLIS, Best Buy store - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo 

Aug. 20           CLEVELAND, Best Buy store - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo

Aug. 23-25      ANAHEIM, CA, D23 Expo 2019- to be announced



ABOUT “AVENGERS: ENDGAME” IN-HOME RELEASE:

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame,” the climactic conclusion to an unprecedented, 11-year cinematic journey in which the Avengers take one final stand against Thanos, delivered the biggest opening weekend in history and is currently one of the highest-grossing films of all time. On July 30, Avengers fans around the world are invited to assemble once more for the in-home release of “Avengers: Endgame” on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere, followed by a physical release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand beginning Aug. 13.


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Caren Pistorius Snags Starring Role Opposite Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe in Solstice Studios’ "UNHINGED"




CAREN PISTORIUS SNAGS STARRING ROLE OPPOSITE ACADEMY AWARD WINNER RUSSELL CROWE IN SOLSTICE STUDIOS’

"UNHINGED"

Production Starts July 16



LOS ANGELES (July 15, 2019) Caren Pistorius has landed the lead role opposite Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe in Unhinged, the psychological thriller from Solstice Studios, which starts production July 16 in New Orleans.  The film is directed by Derrick Borte (American Dreamer), written by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye) and produced by Lisa Ellzey (Warrior, Kingdom of Heaven).

Unhinged takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of Rachel (Pistorius), a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy (Crowe). "Road rage" doesn't begin to describe what he's about to do to her and everyone she knows.  Solstice is targeting a third quarter 2020 wide U.S. theatrical release.

Pistorius was most recently seen in Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines and co-starred with Julianne Moore in Gloria Bell.  Prior to that she received critical acclaim starring alongside Michael Fassbender in Slow West.  Pistorius is repped by CAA and RGM in Australia.           

“Caren has that magical thing seen in all great actresses, you just believe she’s inhabiting the skin of the character she’s playing.” said Crowe. “Derrick went through a long casting process that culminated in an old school audition with both of us in the room. She claimed that audition in a definitive way. I know she’s been working a long time and has some great credits, but casting Caren still feels like we’ve made a discovery. It’s exciting.”

Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles, founded in October 2018. The firm develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis.  Solstice plans to produce 3-5 movies per year for a global audience—generally in the $20-80M budget range.  It also plans to co-finance or acquire another 2-3 films per year for wide US distribution.  The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.

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


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Monday, July 15, 2019

"DON'T LET GO" -- Blumhouse Announces Theatrical Release On Augusts 30th




BLUMHOUSE TILT AND UNIVERSAL’S OTL RELEASING SET THEATRICAL RELEASE FOR ​

"DON’T LET GO"


STARRING DAVID OYELOWO, STORM REID, MYKELTI WILLIAMSON, BRIAN TYREE HENRY AND ALFRED MOLINA


ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 


New Supernatural Thriller Directed by Jacob Aaron Estes


LOS ANGELES, CA, July 10, 2019 – ​Don’t Let Go,​ the new, supernatural thriller, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival under the title ​Relive​, will be released theatrically by Blumhouse Tilt and Universal’s OTL Releasing and Briarcliff Entertainment, on August 30, 2019.

Directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (​Mean Creek​), with the screenplay by Estes and story by Estes and Drew Daywalt, the film stars David Oyelowo (​Selma,​ ​A United Kingdom​), Storm Reid (​When They See Us,​ ​Euphoria​, ​A Wrinkle in Time)​ , Mykelti Williamson (​The Purge: Election Year​, ​Forrest Gump​), Brian Tyree Henry (​Joker,​ ​If Beale Street Could Talk​, ​Atlanta​), Shinelle Azoroh (​Code Black​), Byron Mann (​The Expanse)​ , April Grace (​Sneaky Pete​) and Alfred Molina (​Spider-Man 2​, Feud: Bette and Joan​, ​Frida)​.

In ​Don’t Let Go,​ detective Jack Radcliff (Oyelowo) gets a shocking phone call from his recently-murdered niece Ashley (Reid). Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen.

“We have been so passionate about ​Don’t Let Go​ and the work that Jacob Estes, David Oyelowo and the incredible cast have guided on-screen, and through Blumhouse Tilt we are able to tailor our marketing strategy to fit a picture precisely. Tom Ortenberg and his team at Briarcliff Entertainment are as committed ​as we are to targeting this marketing campaign to focus on genre and supernatural fans, ​who we know are going to love this film as much as we do,” said Jason Blum.

“I’m very grateful to Jason Blum and his focused, committed team at Blumhouse, and to the passion of Tom Ortenberg, not to mention the efforts of our team of beautiful actors from Storm Reid to Mykelti Williamson to David Oyelowo and all the creatives who worked on this movie. The sweat, blood, belief and time that’s been poured into ​Don’t Let Go​ has been a blessing and I am very happy to have the opportunity to show it in a theater near you,“ said Jacob Estes.

“​Don’t Let Go​ is a gripping supernatural thriller and we are happy to be partnering on its release with our friends at Universal and Blumhouse. Jacob Estes has taken his mind-bender of a script and directed it with a harrowing, edge-of-your-seat excitement,” said Briarcliff CEO Tom Ortenberg.

The film was shot on location in Los Angeles and was produced by Jason Blum, Bobby Cohen and David Oyelowo. Executive producers are Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Eric B. Fleischman, Jay Martin and Matt Kaplan.


ABOUT BLUMHOUSE TILT:
Blumhouse Productions launched the Tilt label in 2015 to explore new distribution and marketing strategies for micro-budget films. To date, Blumhouse Tilt has released 11-films including Upgrade​, ​Unfriended: Dark Web​, ​The Belko Experiment, Sleight a​nd ​The Darkness.

ABOUT BRIARCLIFF ENTERTAINMENT​:
Briarcliff Entertainment is a new, forward-thinking entertainment company formed in 2018 by acclaimed industry veteran Tom Ortenberg. Briarcliff’s first two releases were Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” and Joe Carnahan’s Mexican-American superhero film, “El Chicano.” Ortenberg was most recently the CEO of Open Road Films, the independent studio he co-founded in 2011 with AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment, and he previously served as the President of Theatrical Films at Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company.


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