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Sunday, May 31, 2020

HIGH ON THE HOG -- Movie Review by Porfle




In one of his final films before leaving us in 2019, cult favorite Sid Haig plays Big Daddy, a professional weed farmer whose sprawling pot plantation is infiltrated by an ambitious young female undercover cop who becomes one of his harem of lovely farm hands in the seriously unhinged thriller HIGH ON THE HOG (2019).

This is against the wishes of her superior, the pushy and perpetually plastered Agent Dick (Joe Estevez, CAESAR AND OTTO'S SUMMER CAMP MASSACRE), who feels her too inexperienced for such a mission but would love to get Big Daddy and his "family" in his sights or at least send them all to the slammer no matter what it takes.

Meanwhile, a virulent new strain of weed has hit town that has those who smoke it going on pleasantly cinematic homocidal rampages and generally acting like gibbering maniacs.


Haig (JASON OF STAR COMMAND, CYNTHIA, MIMESIS) settles into the role of Big Daddy with a long-practiced ease and makes us root for him despite the fact that his easygoing fascade hides a very dangerous inner being. Estevez (who is, incidentally, Martin Sheen's brother) has a field day in the role of Agent Dick and the more outrageous his violent, drunken cop character becomes, the more I was rooting for him as well.

There's plenty of drama with Dick clashing with his female boss in addition to informers and various perps, not to mention the very imposing Robert Z'Dar as a smalltown mayor who aids and abets Big Daddy. Add to this the female undercover cop's increasingly dangerous mission, Big Daddy's bloodthirsty bodyguard, and lots of violence including a climactic gun battle.


Mostly, however, prolific filmmaker Tony Wash (SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET, IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL DIE IF I WANT TO) uses this simple plot as a means to indulge himself in some of the wildest stream-of-consciousness filmmaking I've ever seen.

It's as though he watched NATURAL BORN KILLERS and PLANET TERROR before dropping acid and then filming whatever came blasting out of his thoroughly blown mind.

Indeed, the grindhouse look of PLANET TERROR and the mish-mash of film styles and elements that made NATURAL BORN KILLERS such an unpredictable visual patchwork seem almost reserved in comparison to Wash's turning the dial up to eleven and beyond.


The result is a constantly dazzling party for the eyes and mind in which the story of blustery Agent Dick and the imperiled undercover cop's dogged efforts to bust Big Daddy's operation is splattered with superimposed cinematic frou-frou.

This includes scratches and aging effects, film leaders, "scene missing" tags,  overexposed film, live-action characters turning into stop-motion figures, and almost literally everything else that could be thrown into the mix.

Many will consider this a superficial and overly self-indulgent attempt to make an average story seem more interesting and entertaining to watch, and perhaps it is. But if that's the case, then, for me at least, it worked.  And one thing's for sure--the people who put HIGH ON THE HOG together clearly had a ball doing it.


Buy it from Indican Pictures

TECH SPECS


Runtime: 85 minutes
Format: 1:85 Flat
Sound: Dolby SR
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Action, Crime, Alternative





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A Girl And Her Turtle ("SNUFF", 1976) (video)




In 1976, a cheap exploitation flick lensed in Argentina...

...by husband and wife filmmakers Michael and Roberta Findlay...

...was purchased by producer and distributor Allan Shackleton.

He added a sequence of graphic violence at the end and repackaged it as an actual "snuff" film.

But despite the controversy over this aspect of "Snuff", perhaps the most effective scene in the entire film...

...is the one which shows the heartwarming love between a troubled young farm girl and her turtle.


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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Cool Transformation Scene In "CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN" (1943) (video)




Exotic Acquanetta stars in this vintage Universal monster thriller...

...about a gorilla surgically transformed into a woman.

A jealous rage causes her to revert to her former simian self.

The transformation is done with lighting effects and lap dissolves.


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Friday, May 29, 2020

Painful-Looking Stunt in Vampire Classic "NEAR DARK" (1987) (video)




In Kathryn Bigelow's widely-revered cult classic...

...Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is a novice vampire still discovering his new abilities.

Such as being able to knock a man across a barroom with one punch.

The stunt man gets yanked backward by a (visible) cable...

...and is supposed to land flat on a pool table.

Instead, his spine sharply strikes the edge of the table.

Which looks much more painful than planned.


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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Saban Films Acquires Wedding Comedy SISTER OF THE GROOM Starring Alicia Silverstone




SABAN FILMS ACQUIRES WEDDING COMEDY “SISTER OF THE GROOM” STARRING ALICIA SILVERSTONE


LOS ANGELES (May 28, 2020) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to the Alicia Silverstone (Book Club) wedding comedy Sister of the Groom from Premiere Entertainment Group (PEG), a Los Angeles-based sales, production and financing company.  Written and directed by Amy Miller Gross (Accommodations), the film also co-stars Tom Everett Scott (truTV’s I’m Sorry), Jake Hoffman (The Irishman) and Mathilde Ollivier (Overlord).  Miller Gross produced for Mandorla Productions alongside Andrew Carlberg and Tim Harms.

Sister of the Groom follows a woman (Silverstone) who tries to put a halt to her brother's marriage to a much younger French woman over the course of their wedding weekend in the Hamptons. Silverstone served as executive producer and Justin Scutieri co-produced.

Charlie Bewley (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Noah Silver (“Tyrant”), Mark Blum (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Julie Engelbrecht (The Last Witch Hunter) and Ronald Guttman (On the Basis of Sex) round out the key cast. Silverstone and Everett Scott also previously appeared as a married couple in 2017’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul for 20th Century Fox.

Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Elias Axume and Devin Carter of Premiere Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.  Premiere Entertainment handled worldwide sales.  Sister of the Groom will be released by Saban Films, with plans to be announced at a later date.

Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to two of the biggest Fathom events with horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell last year and Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company partnered on after coming onboard at script stage. Its upcoming slate includes: Nicol Paone’s Friendsgiving with Malin Akerman, Christine Taylor, Jane Seymour, Kat Dennings and Chelsea Peretti; John Suits’ Breach starring Bruce Willis; and Twist starring Michael Caine, Lena Headey and Rita Ora.  Recent releases include sci-fi thriller Vivarium starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, and thriller I See You starring Helen Hunt.



About Saban Films


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


About PREMIERE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP


PREMIERE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP is a production, financing, and international sales company that has thrived since it first opened. PEG has most recently acquired wedding comedy SISTER OF THE GROOM starring Alicia Silverstone, Tribeca premiere LOST TRANSMISSIONS starring Simon Pegg and Juno Temple, survival thriller CENTIGRADE to be released by IFC Midnight, TIFF Midnight Madness selection GUNDALA, crime-thriller AMERICAN DREAMER starring Jim Gaffigan and action-epic THE LEGION featuring Mickey Rourke both released in the U.S. by Saban Films. PEG’s library includes the U.S. box office hit FOREVER MY GIRL released theatrically on over 1400 screens, coming-of-age comedy THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW starring Asa Butterfield, sci-fi-thriller DEVIL’S GATE starring Milo Ventimiglia, RUN THE TIDE starring Taylor Lautner, Sundance drama LITTLE ACCIDENTS starring Elizabeth Banks, comedic drama MATCH starring Patrick Stewart and Carla Gugino, WE DON’T BELONG HERE with Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin, and AFTERNOON DELIGHT which garnered Jill Soloway the Best Director award at Sundance. PEG productions include the action film CODE OF HONOR starring Steven Seagal, action-sci-fi INCOMING starring Scott Adkins, along with the explosive action film SEIZED starring Scott Adkins and Mario Van Peebles, and cop-thriller film LEGACY starring Luke Goss. Female thrillers LOCKED IN starring Mena Suvari and BLINDSIDED starring Natasha Henstridge are both currently in post-production, while heist-thriller BLOWBACK is in pre-production.

www.PremiereEnt.com



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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

FEAR PHARM -- Movie Review by Porfle




"We're just a fun family corn maze," Hershel (John Littlefield, SLIPSTREAM) tells the four dubious teens who have just been promised that they'll win a substantial cash prize if they make it through said corn maze in less than two hours in the horror-thriller FEAR PHARM (2019).

Of course, he leaves out the part where he's a psychotic killer and so are his hulking Leatherface-clone sons and freaky blonde psycho-bitch daughter Gemma (Aimee Stolte), who will do their best to hunt down, terrorize, and finally kill all four of them for reasons that are the stuff of creepy local urban legend.


The four teens, all aspiring actors looking for that first big role, are the usual stuff of this kind of flick, including happy horndogger Brandon (Houston Stevenson), his cute blonde girlfriend Wendy (Emily Sweet), conceited but likable jerk Rustin (Chris Leary), and Rustin's more sensible sister Melanie (Tiana Tuttle).

What's nice is that they're a pleasant enough bunch and we don't start rooting for them all to die horribly from the moment they open their mouths.  This helps give the story genuine tension rather than simply being an excuse to rack up a body count.


It's also nice that the cast is pretty excellent as is the film's sharp-looking visual sense, including an abundance of sweeping drone-camera shots which prove that somewhere there actually is an honest-to-goodness corn maze stretching as far as the eye can see which serves as a stunning found location for director Dante Yore to do his stuff.

What he in fact does after all the careful build-up in the film's first act is to put us through a consistently suspenseful ordeal along with those four hapless teens who discover that not only is the corn maze pretty darn difficult to navigate, but it's also filled with (a) costumed actors portraying scary monsters, and (b) Hershel's bloodthirsty offspring who actually are scary monsters.


The result is a film with plenty of action, scares, and eventually a good amount of gore, especially when Gemma gets herself a captive and whips out her skinning knife.

As the violence intensifies and the teens' situation becomes heartrendingly dire, you might start getting sort of a TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE vibe with a bit of a Rob Zombie-ish feel as well.  The plot takes an interesting turn when we finally discover the twisted method to all the madness.

Despite its occasional lighthearted air and flashes of satire, FEAR PHARM is a rather potent dose of predicament horror whose story and production values transcend what appears to be a relatively low budget, and it succeeds in being good entertainment for fans of the genre.



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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Super-Gooey Pie Fight In Little Rascals' "Shivering Shakespeare" (1930) (video)




This early Little Rascals short starts out with a hurled dainty or two...

...and ends with one of the gooey-est pie fights ever.

A highlight of the scene is an imaginative early use of slow-motion.

For the topper, an unpopular teacher gets the works.


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Monday, May 25, 2020

Main Title Theme To "The Last Rebel" (1971) By Jon Lord & Tony Ashton (video)




Jon Lord of Deep Purple and Tony Ashton of Ashton, Gardner, & Dyke (who performed the music)...

...teamed up to compose the unusual soundtrack for this Civil War-themed spaghetti western...

...starring football legend Joe Namath along with Woody Strode and Jack Elam.

I remember taping this theme music on my little tape recorder when it was shown on "The CBS Late Movie" back in the early 70s. 




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TERROR FILMS Sets Summer Release for Whodunit Chiller "ALL THE WRONG FRIENDS"




TERROR FILMS Sets Summer Release for Whodunit Chiller

"ALL THE WRONG FRIENDS"

Set For Early June Release Across Digital Platforms Including Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and Many More



Los Angeles, CA - (Monday, May 25th): TERROR FILMS latest acquisition poses the question: “can you trust your friends”?

 ALL THE WRONG FRIENDS is the feature film debut of Ryan Hawkins and Mark Kerins. Their film centers around a group of high school friends, who reunite for a vacation one year after graduating. They soon find that their relationships have changed for the worse after one of them turns up dead. As accusations begin to fly, no one is safe and everyone suspects everyone else of murder, in this twist-filled thriller.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


Over the last two years the films has racked up multiple film festival awards. Some of the awards include: “Best Thriller” (Hot Springs International Film Festival), “Best Supporting Actress” for Krishna Smitha (International Horror Hotel), “Best Feature Director” for Mark Kerins & Ryan Hawkins, “Best Cinematography” for Daniel Maitland, “Best Editing” for Scott Bolton, Lauren Hadaway and Mark Kerins and “Best Actor in a Feature” for Alexandra Chaudoin (Eyecatcher Film Festival) – among others.

The film is busting at the seams with a young cast of up-and-comers. Some of the cast includes: Brina Palencia (The CW's "Star-Crossed) , Krishna Smitha (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”), Ricco Fajardo (Fruits Basket), Dexter Hostetter (Aria the Scarlet Ammo), Sean O'Connor (Ping Pong the Animation), Tom Gelo (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) - with Andrew Milbourn and Alexandra Chaudoin rounding out the cast.


The film is set for an early June release across digital platforms including: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and many more.

Terror Films is sharing their Official Trailer and Poster in advance of the film’s release.

To learn more about Terror Films, visit:  https://www.terrorfilms.net

https://www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC/


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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Bottom Lip Bottle Opener" (video)



Whenever there's a bottle to open...

...but no bottle opener handy...

...a Stooge's bottom lip is used instead.

(threestooges.net)


THREE LOAN WOLVES (1946)
PUNCHY COWPUNCHERS (1950)
GENTS IN A JAM (1952)


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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Give Me A Hand/Which One?" (video)




When Moe asks another Stooge for a hand...

...the Stooge asks "Which one?"

This never ends well.

(threestooges.net)


PUNCH DRUNKS (1934)
ANTS IN THE PANTRY (1936)
HOW HIGH IS UP? (1940)
PARDON MY CLUTCH (1948)


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Christmas in May? Tis The Season With This Top 10 Christmas Themed Binge-Watching Guide




It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  If you notice your neighbors turning on their holiday lights in May, no need to panic — you haven’t lost track of time while sheltering in place…it’s just a cheerful trend that appears to be gaining momentum as Americans have started putting up their holiday lights early to try and spread some joy during this time.

Don’t feel like putting up the full display just yet? Well, have no fear, as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is dedicating this week’s Top 10 Binge Watching Guide to the most wonderful time of the year to lift your spirits and make you feel jolly!

Check out our holiday themed list below that will warm your heart and bring the magic and spirit of the holidays into your home!

Please check out the behind the scenes clip from our Top Pick above. All titles are now available to own at major digital retailers; including iTunes, Amazon Prime, VUDU and GooglePlay!

#BingeWatchWednesdays

All photos are courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment






TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

Break out the mistletoe and holly and get ready to sing and dance in your living rooms!

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish

Brimming with overtones from the classic fairytale, this contemporary musical follows Katherine “Kat” Decker dreaming of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land. When she starts to fall for Nick, the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up. Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending. With the help of her attentive dog, a true friend, and a little bit of holiday magic, Kat may just make it to the gala, discover the true identity of Nick, and experience the true meaning of Christmas.

The enchanting original movie stars Laura Marano (Disney’s Austin and Ally) as Kat Decker, Gregg Sulkin (Marvel’s Runaways, Faking It, Wizards of Waverly Place) as Dominic Wintergarden, Barclay Hope (Riverdale) as Terrence Wintergarden, three-time Leo® Award winner and Hallmark Channel favorite Johannah Newmarch (When Calls The Heart, Garage Sale Mystery franchise) as the cruel stepmother Deirdra Decker, Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time) as Kat’s best friend Isla, and evil-stepsisters Joy and Grace are played, respectively, by Lillian Doucet-Roche (The Miracle Season) and Chanelle Peloso (Syfy’s Deadly Class). This is the fifth installment in the A Cinderella Story movie series, and first one with a Christmas theme. Other titles include A Cinderella Story (Hilary Duff), Another Cinderella Story (Selena Gomez), A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (Lucy Hale) and A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (Sofia Carson).

Please check out above clip from the bonus content featurette titled “The Mic & The Stage, “ and get a glimpse into the production of this heartwarming musical as you go behind the scenes with Laura Marano and Director/Writer Michelle Johnston to see how the magic was created!


(You can also read HK and Cult Film News' own review of the film HERE.)



Other Holiday Titles To Consider:
 


Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love


Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors - Circle of Love continues with the story of young Dolly Parton as the Parton Family experiences a true Christmas miracle drawing the Partons closer together than ever - with deepened faith and love for one another. The film delivers Christmas joy and peril as an unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family while Dolly’s father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his loving wife the wedding ring he could never afford. Meanwhile, an important person in little Dolly’s life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee.



 Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
 
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas tells the story of Buddy the elf, and his quest to reunite with the human father he never knew existed. While Buddy's sincerity and idealism are commonplace at the North Pole, these attributes are rejected in cynical New York City. But through song, dance, and relentless good cheer, Buddy rekindles the spirit of Christmas for the entire city. This stop-motion animated holiday musical movie combines the humor and spirit of the beloved holiday film Elf with songs from the Broadway hit Elf: The Musical to create an all-new retelling of Buddy’s delightfully absurd yet heartwarming story.


Teen Titans Go! Holiday Collection

From Warner Bros. Animation, it’s the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new comedic adventures. But these teen super heroes have more than just super powers — they have super-sized chores to do and they’re unsupervised! So get ready for pizza parties and pranks as the teens totally annoy one other, in between fighting crime. Unless there’s something good on TV….




A Charlie Brown Christmas

In this Emmy® and Peabody Award winning classic, Charlie Brown is upset by how commercial the Christmas holiday has become. To coax him out of his holiday blues, Lucy suggests he direct the school’s Christmas pageant and decorate a glorious tree. Charlie Brown concedes. The tree he finds however, is puny, prompting everyone to ridicule him. 


A Christmas Story Live!


A live musical event inspired by the perennial holiday movie favorite and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical production, A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, who dreams of finding a genuine Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun under the tree on Christmas morning. The over-two-hour TV movie stars Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ana Gasteyer and talented newcomer Andy Walken as Ralphie. This winter-wonderful extravaganza features stunning choreography on massive sets and family-friendly songs with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, lyricists of La La Land’s Academy Award®-winning* song, “City of Stars.” Get ready to sing and dance along to your new favorite holiday tradition!



How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, The Mummy) and directed by animation genius and cartoon legend Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes, What's Opera, Doc?), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! tells the story of the miserable Grinch, who wants to sabotage Christmas for all the Whos in Who-ville. The Grinch thinks that by stealing the Whos Christmas trees and presents, he’ll succeed in stealing their joy. However, when Christmas morning arrives, the Grinch is taken by surprise when he notices the Whos greet the day joyously singing Christmas carols regardless of the fact that their village has been completely stripped of holiday gifts, decorations and treats. The cheerful attitude of the Whos prompts the Grinch to ponder the true meaning of Christmas and he slowly comes to realize the spirit of the season is not generated by material possessions. Will the Grinch have a change of heart and consider returning the Whos’ Christmas gifts?



Tom & Jerry Nutcracker Tale

In an empty opera house, Jerry wishes for a chance to perform -- and magically his dream comes true. The little mouse is whisked away to an enchanted kingdom where anything is possible: candy forests, singing snowflakes, even the toys spring to life! Jerry has a great time with his new friends, and when Jerry dances with the music box ballerina, he is as happy as happy can be. Unfortunately, alley cats led by Tom crash Jerry's party, kidnap the music box ballerina and wreak havoc in the holiday kingdom. It's up to Jerry to set things right -- and with help from a fellow mouse named Tuffy and more newfound friends, Jerry just may win the day!


The Year Without a Santa Claus

Mrs. Santa Claus tells the story of the year that Santa Claus, feeling ill and unwanted, decided to take a holiday. But when the elves show Santa all the toys they are preparing--and the children eagerly awaiting Christmas--Santa dons his red suit and drives his gift-laden sleigh for his annual rounds in this stop-motion animated family special.


Frosty’s Winter Wonderland


The world's favorite snowman, Frosty, has lots of young friends, still he's lonely for another snow-person. The children build him a wife named Crystal, but jealous, cold-hearted Jack Frost plots to keep Frosty and Crystal from finding happiness together in this musical, animated family special.


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Saban Films Acquires Tribeca Thriller "DON’T TELL A SOUL" with Rainn Wilson, Mena Suvari, Jack Dylan Grazer and Fionn Whitehead




SABAN FILMS ACQUIRES TRIBECA THRILLER “DON’T TELL A SOUL” WITH RAINN WILSON, MENA SUVARI, JACK DYLAN GRAZER AND FIONN WHITEHEAD


LOS ANGELES (May 20, 2020) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Alex McAulay’s (Flower) directorial debut Don’t Tell a Soul from Unbridled Films and Mangano Movies & Media. 

Penned by McAulay, the thriller was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and stars Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!, It), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, The Children Act), Mena Suvari (American Beauty, American Pie franchise) and Emmy Award® nominated Rainn Wilson (“The Office,” The Meg).  Chris Mangano (Standing Up, Falling Down) and Merry-Kay Poe produced with Steve Poe, Matt Bronson and John Neace as executive producers, and Brian Tanke, Max Neace and Alex McAulay as co-producers.

Don’t Tell A Soul follows two young brothers (Whitehead, Grazer) who, when robbing a house to pay for their sick mother’s medical bills (Suvari), cause a security guard (Wilson) to fall into a forgotten well.  Trapped, the security guard must try to outsmart these two teenagers, as the brothers also come head to head.

Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley commented, “During these trying times, we at Saban thrive to continue bringing entertainment to our audiences and provide a platform for indie films.  Don’t Tell a Soul is an entertaining and thrilling tale that audiences will love.  We are proud to support Alex and the whole team.”

Shot entirely on location in Kentucky, Don’t Tell a Soul marks the debut production for Poe’s Kentucky based production company, Unbridled Films, and the second production for Mangano’s Mangano Movies & Media.  The film would have served as the second premiere in a row for Mangano at Tribeca, having premiered the critically embraced Billy Crystal dramedy Standing Up, Falling Down there last year, which was released theatrically in February.

Producer Merry-Kay Poe stated, “It was a true pleasure to work with such a great cast and production team.  Alex’s masterful script showcases four great actors each in a new dimension, which is very exciting to watch. We are very pleased to be working with Saban Films to share every twist and turn of Don’t Tell A Soul with a wide audience.”

Producer Chris Mangano added, “Don’t Tell a Soul is a special film that will surprise a lot of people, and Saban Films genuinely understands its appeal to both commercial and critical audiences.  We could not be in better hands.”

Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to two of the biggest Fathom events with horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell last year and Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company partnered on after coming onboard at script stage. Its upcoming slate includes: Nicol Paone’s Friendsgiving with Malin Akerman, Christine Taylor, Jane Seymour, Kat Dennings and Chelsea Peretti; John Suits’ Breach starring Bruce Willis; and Twist starring Michael Caine, Lena Headey and Rita Ora.


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

About Chris Mangano and Mangano Movies & Media
Chris Mangano founded Mangano Movies & Media in 2016.  Prior to Don’t Tell a Soul, Chris produced Standing Up, Falling Down, starring Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz. It premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and hit theaters February 2020.  Also, Chris recently served as an Executive Producer on the Quibi horror anthology series "50 States of Fright" with Sam Raimi and his company POD 3 (Raimi directed the series’ first three episodes), Gunpowder and Sky, and Diga Studios.  Other feature film executive producer credits include; "THE POLKA KING" starring Jack Black; the comedy "PUNCHING HENRY" starring Henry Philips and J.K. Simmons; and the Stephen Belber directed "MATCH" starring Patrick Stewart.  He is proud alumnus of Montana State University's Film School and based in Los Angeles, CA.

About Merry-Kay Poe and Unbridled Films
Merry-Kay Poe is Owner and President of Unbridled Films, LLC.  She worked in casting for twenty years before turning her focus to building the film industry in Kentucky.  As Chair of the Kentucky Film Commission, she helped pass legislation that secured tax incentives for the film industry in the state, which led to a robust growth of crew base and infrastructure to support the industry.  She has been involved in several independent films as an investor and casting support, and has multiple other projects in development.  Poe serves on several arts, education, and community boards.


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Monday, May 18, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Zee Lollipop" (video)




The Stooges sing "Zee lollipop"...

...usually when painting...

...and usually for little or no discernible reason!

(threestooges.net)

WEE WEE MONSIEUR (1938)
NUTTY BUT NICE (1940)
SELF MADE MAIDS (1950)

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "You'll Never Know, Just What Tears Are" (video)




The Stooges break out singing "You'll never know, just what tears are..."

Or at least it sounds like it just broke out of somewhere.

And anyone within earshot wishes it would go back in!

(threestooges.net)

SOUP TO NUTS (1930)
BEER AND PRETZELS (1933)
DANCING LADY (1933)
HORSES' COLLARS (1935)
HALF SHOT SHOOTERS (1936)
A DUCKING THEY DID GO (1939)

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hopalong Cassidy Being A Total Bada** #4 ("Hopalong Cassidy Returns", 1936) (video)




Hoppy (William Boyd) has his hands full as the new sheriff of a wide open town.

This includes keeping his younger brother Buddy (William Janney) out of trouble.

But it also puts him on the wrong side of a crooked saloon owner (Grant Richards) and his hired gun (Morris Ankrum).

(This film would be remade in 1941 as "Wide Open Town.")


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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Not You, The Other Idiot!" (video)





When someone is talking on a phone...


...he/she yells at the Stooges in the middle of the call and insults them...

...and the person on the other line thinks that he's the one being yelled at instead.

(threestooges.net)

ANTS IN THE PANTRY (1936)
WHAT'S THE MATADOR? (1942)
NO DOUGH BOYS (1944)

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Solstice Studios To Debut "UNHINGED" Starring Russell Crowe In Theaters July 1st -- Watch the Trailer HERE!




AMERICA’S MOVIE THEATERS HAVE THEIR FIRST NEW FILM, "UNHINGED" OPENING JULY 1ST

Thriller starring Russell Crowe to open safely in accordance with state public health department safety guidelines

Response to new poll showing 80% of Americans want to go out to the movies in July



LOS ANGELES (May 12, 2020) -- America’s movie theaters will show their first new film on July 1st, Unhinged, a thriller starring Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe.

The move comes in response to a new poll that shows more than 80% of Americans want to go out to the movies in July.

The U.S. release of “Unhinged” will follow or coincide with theater openings in nations around the globe, including Australia, China, The Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan—with a number of additional countries likely to announce openings in late June or July.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


Theater plans to open safely across the United States will comply with all state public health department guidelines and are expected to include such measures as socially distant seating (capacities of 25-50%), staggered show times to reduce crowding, and more time between each show to allow for increased cleaning.

“We made this decision after extensive consultation with the National Association of Theater Owners and leading theater chains,” said Mark Gill, President and CEO of Solstice Studios, which produced and will release the film in the U.S. “Those conversations have convinced us there is a way to meet pent up demand for the theatrical experience safely.”


Unhinged is a psychological thriller starring Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe from Carl Ellsworth, the writer of Red Eye and Disturbia and Lisa Ellzey, the producer of Warrior and Kingdom of Heaven. It takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy.

"Road rage" doesn't begin to describe what he's about to do to her and everyone she knows. The film is directed by Derrick Borte (American Dreamer) and also stars Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson and Austin P. McKenzie.



 

About Solstice Studios

Solstice Studios is an independent movie company founded in October 2018 in partnership with Ingenious Media. The studio develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis —generally in the $20-80M budget range. 

Solstice is led by President & CEO Mark Gill (former president of Warner Independent Pictures, Miramax Films and Millennium Films who has worked on such films as the Hitman’s Bodyguard and the Olympus Has Fallen series, March of the Penguins, Frida, Pulp Fiction and three Academy Award best picture winners, Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and The English Patient.

The company’s senior team includes Production Head Lisa Ellzey (formerly at Fox, Lionsgate and Scott Free); Co-Head of Production Guy Botham (of Vitality VFX whose recent credits include San Andreas); Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese (formerly at STX, OTX and Marketcast, whose recent credits include Bad Moms and Halloween); Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau (formerly of Lionsgate, who sold La La Land and the Hunger Games, Saw, Now You See Me and John Wick series); Physical Production Head Dana Belcastro (formerly of Fox, Alcon and New Line); Business & Legal Affairs Head Karen Barna (formerly of Summit Entertainment and Bold Films); Chief Financial Officer Shaun Williams (formerly of Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Studio 8 and GK Films/FilmDistrict) and Head of US Distribution Shari Hardison (formerly of STX and Overture Films).


Solstice Studios website: www.solstice-studios.com


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Monday, May 11, 2020

Hopalong Cassidy Being A Total Bada** #3 ("Hopalong Cassidy Returns", 1936) (video)




Hoppy (William Boyd) becomes the new sheriff of the most lawless town in the territory.
He and his sidekick Windy (George "Gabby" Hayes) introduce themselves at the local saloon...

...which is owned by beautiful but bad Belle (Evelyn Brent).

Bad guy Morris Ankrum tries to intimidate Hoppy...

...but finds out quick that you don't want to be on Hoppy's bad side.

(This film would be remade in 1941 as "Wide Open Town.")


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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Breaking The Fourth Wall" (video)




Many great screen comics often acknowledge the presence of us, the viewers...

...by looking right at us and sometimes even talking to us.

Laurel and Hardy did it all the time, and so did Lou Costello.

And, of course, the Three Stooges knew we were out there watching, too!


(threestooges.net)


OILY TO BED, OILY TO RISE (1939)
SO LONG MR. CHUMPS (1941)
I'LL NEVER HEIL AGAIN (1941)
THREE SMART SAPS (1942)
WHAT'S THE MATADOR? (1942)
SPOOK LOUDER (1943)
RHYTHM AND WEEP (1946)
GYPPED IN THE PENTHOUSE (1955)
OUTER SPACE JITTERS (1957)
OIL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (1958)


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"AMONG US": What To Watch Today? Seen The Declassified Pentagon Footage of the Alien Spaceship?




Have you caught the UFO videos the Pentagon just declassified? If you did - this documentary is for you.


On April 27, the Pentagon released videos declassified by the US Navy. The footage, captured by U.S. Navy pilots, shows "wingless aircraft traveling at hypersonic speeds, with no visible means of propulsion," shared LiveScience.com.

While Military.com goes on to share, "In releasing the videos, the U.S. Navy officially acknowledges that its pilots encountered so-called unidentified aerial phenomena."

AMONG US, a new documentary released by Vision Films, adds to the argument - humans are not alone on planet earth; alien life forms are (already) AMONG US.

Filmmaker Caroline Cory documents the jaw-dropping accounts of extraterrestrial encounters around the world and provides ground-breaking, scientific evidence of these other-worldly interactions, leaving the compelling question open - what will the influence of non-human beings be on our DNA?

Now available on Amazon and Vimeo


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Saturday, May 9, 2020

My All-Time Favorite Scene From "Lonesome Dove" (1989) (video)




Captain Woodrow F. Call (Tommy Lee Jones) refuses to admit...

...that young orphan Newt (Ricky Schroder) may be his illegitimate son.

But just let anyone do any harm to the boy...

...and Captain Call strikes with a mindless, vengeful rage.

He hates rude behavior in a man.


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Friday, May 8, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Block That Eye Poke!" (video)




Moe winds up for his patented eye poke...

...but the other Stooge blocks it.

Then, while he's congratulating himself, Moe gives him the eye poke.

(threestooges.net)

DISORDER IN THE COURT (1936)
HOW HIGH IS UP? (1940)
COOKOO CAVALIERS (1940)
I'LL NEVER HEIL AGAIN (1941)
IDIOTS DELUXE (1945)
BEER BARREL POLECATS (1946)
A MISSED FORTUNE (1952)
THREE DARK HORSES (1952)
TRICKY DICKS (1953)
OIL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (1958)

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New Thriller Adapted From the Blockbuster Novel: "THE PERFECT NANNY" On DVD 6/23




Icarus Films

A Precise And Anxiety-Provoking Psychological Thriller.
— Marie-Claire


Based On Leïla Slimani’s Internationally Acclaimed Best-Selling Novel!


THE PERFECT NANNY


A film by Lucie Borleteau
From Distrib Films
On to DVD June 23rd

“Plays the card of dramatic suspense to the point where it comes close to the horror film.”
— Cineuropa


Myriam (Leïla Bekhti) and Paul (Antoine Reinartz), are your typical pair of bourgeois Parisian parents of two young children, toddler Adam, and 5-year-old Mila, who are taking up all of Myriam’s time.

When Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctance, the couple starts looking for a nanny. After a very selective process, they finally find the perfect candidate, Louise, a poised 40-year old woman who is an instant hit with both kids and parents. The couple soon learns, however, that appearances can be deceiving.


WATCH THE TRAILER


Adapted from the eponymous novel by Leïla Slimani, winner of the Goncourt prize and based on a true story that took place in Manhattan in 2012, THE PERFECT NANNY propelled by actress Karin Viard, who masterfully embodies the role of a disturbed nanny whose mask of perfection gradually cracks to reveal something far darker underneath.

“Borleteau’s direction is blunt and lacking any vanity, embracing the pulpy nature of this narrative and allowing each performance to breathe.” — CRITERION CAST


The Perfect Nanny
A film by Lucie Borleteau
From Distrib Films
An Icarus Films Release
 Pre-book 5/19/20 – Street 6/23/20
SRP $26.98 - UPC 8-5456-500318-7
 
2019 • 100 min • Color • in French w/English subtitles • Not Rated


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Thursday, May 7, 2020

All The Hitler's Head Scenes From "THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN" (1963/68) (video)




Originally titled "Madmen of Mandoras", this 1963 film was renamed "They Saved Hitler's Brain" by its distributor...

...and released in 1968 with additional footage filmed by UCLA students which doesn't match the original film at all.

Needless to say, it is considered one of the worst films of all time, a claim that is augmented by the sight...

...of Hitler's living head in a glass jar, barking "Mach schnell! Mach schnell!"


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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Record-Breaking Viewership Prompts Telecast of "JESUS" to Return to TV for Special Encore Broadcast - Wednesday, May 13




RECORD-BREAKING VIEWERSHIP PROMPTS TELECAST OF ‘JESUS’ TO RETURN TO TV FOR SPECIAL ENCORE BROADCAST – ONE NIGHT ONLY, WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

After nearly 3 million people tuned in Easter weekend 


For the worldwide debut, Sight & Sound announces a rebroadcast on TBN in advance of  DVD and digital release, Friday, May 15.


JesusEvent.com



LANCASTER, Pa. – May 6, 2020 – An estimated three million people watched the first-ever TV broadcast of a Sight & Sound Theatres stage production on Easter weekend as JESUS debuted on TBN. Viewership included both traditional broadcast and digital streaming. Demand has prompted an encore broadcast on TBN on May 13, leading up to the wide release of JESUS on DVD and digital download on May 15.

“We’re thrilled to share this special encore television broadcast of JESUS on TBN,” said Sight & Sound Chief Creative Officer Josh Enck. “You may not be able to attend a theatrical event or worship services just yet, but audiences can still witness the greatest rescue story ever told as it comes to life on screen.”


SYNOPSIS


From the bustling streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee, JESUS is the musical adventure that has been seen by more than one million people on stage.

Filmed in front of a live audience, Sight & Sound’s spectacular original production is now coming to television and streaming devices everywhere. Witness some of the most awe-inspiring, miraculous events as Jesus sets sail with fishermen, challenges the Pharisees and heals the hurting.

Where to watch JESUS:*

Wednesday, May 13: 9 pm ET/6 pm PT exclusively on the TBN channel or watch live online through the TBN website/app. Visit jesusevent.com for more information.

*Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.

The premiere television broadcast and digital event followed other Sight & Sound productions that made the journey from stage to movie screens, including NOAH in 2019, MOSES in 2018 and JONAH in 2017.

JESUS on DVD and digital download will be available to purchase from Sight & Sound at Sight-Sound.com, or from major platforms such as AppleTV and Amazon.



FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE



About Sight & Sound Theatres
Sight & Sound Theatres began more than 40 years ago in rural Pennsylvania, where a dairy farmer went from producing milk to producing live entertainment with a purpose. Today that vision has expanded to two state-of-the art theaters in Lancaster, PA, and Branson, MO, where stories from the Bible come to life on stage. Each production features Sight & Sound’s signature massive sets, special effects and live animals. Still family-owned, Sight & Sound's 675 staff members write, produce, design and build the original shows, drawing nearly 1.5 million audience members from around the world each year.


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Amazing Child Acting Performance: Johnny Crawford in "The Rifleman" ("The Pet", 1959) (video)




In this episode, Mark (Johnny Crawford) is bitten by a horse infected with anthrax.

Believing that he is going to die, he is heartbroken and afraid.

Lucas (Chuck Connors) assures him that the town doctor has a new serum that can cure him.

Johnny Crawford's performance in the final scene is amazingly effective...

...displaying the emotional intensity of a method actor.


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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Milos Forman's Classic Musical "HAIR" -- Olive Signature Announces Blu-ray Release June 2020




Olive Signature

Olive Films proudly presents the following Olive Signature title:

 Hair (1979) - Blu-ray only

 

Hair, the Broadway rock musical sensation of 1968, would find its way to the big screen over a decade later under the masterful direction of two-time Academy Award® winner Milos Forman (Best Director - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - 1976, Amadeus - 1985) in a film adaptation as magical as it is timeless.

Based on the Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot stage musical, Hair stars John Savage (The Deer Hunter) as naïve country boy Claude Hooper Bukowski, a Vietnam War draftee who travels to New York where he’s swept up in a world of free love, hallucinogens and romance, courtesy of hippies Berger (Treat Williams), Jeannie (Annie Golden), Hud (Dorsey Wright) and Woof (Don Dacus). Beverly D’Angelo co-stars as Sheila, a beautiful debutante and the object of Claude’s affections.


Hair boasts a catalog of hit songs — “Good Morning Starshine,” “I Got Life,” “Hair,” “Where Do I Go” — ingeniously staged and adeptly performed by its cast, including a heartbreaking rendition of “Easy to Be Hard,” a showstopper for actress Cheryl Barnes in her one and only screen performance.

JOHN SAVAGE
(The Deer Hunter, The Onion Field, Salvador)
TREAT WILLIAMS
(Prince of the City, Smooth Talk, The Ritz)
BEVERLY D’ANGELO
(Coal Miner’s Daughter, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Cable TV’s Entourage)
ANNIE GOLDEN
(12 Monkeys, I Love You Phillip Morris, Cable TV's Orange Is the New Black)
DORSEY WRIGHT
(The Warriors, Vamp Bikers, The Hotel New Hampshire)
DON DACUS
CHERYL BARNES
ELLEN FOLEY
(Married to the Mob, Fatal Attraction, TV’s Night Court)
NELL CARTER
(Modern Problems, The Grass Harp, TV’s Gimme a Break!)
CHARLOTTE RAE
(The Hot Rock, TV’s Diff’rent Strokes, TV’s The Facts of Life)
MELBA MOORE
(The Fighting Temptations, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Lost in the Stars)
RONNIE DYSON
(Putney Swope, Some Kind of a Nut)

Directed by
MILOS FORMAN (Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Man on the Moon)


Hair features an array of behind-the-camera talent including Academy
Award® winners director Milos Forman (Best Director for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus), film editor Alan Heim (Best Film Editing, All That Jazz) and costume designer Ann Roth (Best Costume Design, The English Patient).

YEAR: 1979
GENRE: MUSICAL DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 121 mins
RATING: PG
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; Color
AUDIO: STEREO

OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES

    New HD restoration
    Audio commentary by assistant director Michael Hausman and actor Treat Williams
    “The Tribe Remembers” – with actors Beverly D’Angelo, Don Dacus, Ellen Foley, Annie Golden, John Savage, and Dorsey Wright
    “Making Chance Work: Choreographing Hair” – with choreographer Twyla Tharp
    “Cutting Hair” – with editors Lynzee Klingman and Stanley Warnow
    “Hair Style” – with production designer Stuart Wurtzel
    “Artist, Teacher, Mentor: Remembering Milos Forman” – with director James Mangold
    Essay by critic Sheila O’Malley


US+CANADA
STREET: 6/30/2020
CAT: OS021
UPC: 887090602105
SRP: $39.95

Copyright © 2020 Olive Films, All rights reserved.




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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "What Comes After One?" (video)




Curly is counting to three, and after he gets to one...

...he asks another Stooge "What comes after one?"

The other Stooge says "Two!"

...and spits in his face when saying it.

(threestooges.net)

BACK FROM THE FRONT (1943)
DIZZY PILOTS (1943)

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Hopalong Cassidy Being A Total Bada** #2 ("Three On The Trail", 1936) (video)




Hoppy (William Boyd) and Johnny (James Ellison) take on a gang...

...who robs stagecoaches and rustles cattle.

Old Windy ("Gabby" Hayes) gets in on it when they confront the big cheese, Pecos Kane (Onslow Stevens)...

...and the saloon is soon filled with gunsmoke.


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TERROR FILMS Acquires Pandemic Thriller "A KNIGHT’S TOUR" for May Release -- See Trailer HERE!




Los Angeles, CA (Monday, May 4th, 2020) – Indie genre distributor TERROR FILMS has acquired the worldwide rights to Marvin Choi’s feature debut, A KNIGHT’S TOUR.


In a post-apocalyptic world, J.D. (Darnel Powell) is a young drifter suffering from an injury. Soon, J.D. finds himself at a secluded cabin occupied by Henry (Joseph Price), a detached hermit; here, Henry is living in self-imposed isolation from a chaotic world. After their initial suspicions subside, these two strangers begin to form a friendship over a game of chess.

When Henry discovers a notebook in J.D.’s backpack highlighting various locations that are now crossed off, Henry begins to question J.D.’s true intentions. After investigating a bit more, Henry suspects that a threat of unseen invaders from the outside world are close at hand, brought to his doorstep by J.D.


The film was written by Choi and produced by Sara Razack and has been an official selection at several film festivals. Festival appearances include: the Pan African Film Festival, DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Montreal International Black Film Festival, Boston SciFi International Film Festival and the Kansas International Film Festival. At the Kansas International Film Festival, A KNIGHT’S TOUR was nominated for a “Feature Narrative Jury Award.”

The film is set to begin its digital release in May. A digital roll-out will continue over the coming months and across multiple platforms including: Prime Video, Tubi TV, Watch Movies Now, Google Play and many others. As well, A KNIGHT’S TOUR will be featured in the June issue of Scream Magazine as part of a promotion from Terror Films.

The genre distributor is sharing the official trailer and poster in advance of the film’s release.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:



To learn more about the film and Terror Films, visit:  TerrorFilms.net

And here: facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC/

A KNIGHT’S TOUR at Facebook: facebook.com/aknightstour/



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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Heartwarming End Scene To "Isn't It Shocking?" (Made-for-TV, 1973) (video)




With the murder case solved, Alan Alda's small town sheriff must decide whether to stay...

...or take a job in a bigger town far away, which his secretary Blanche (Louise Lasser) dreads because she secretly loves him. 

Listen how beautifully David Shire's music enters the scene at just the right moment and then leads into the end titles.

One of our favorite scenes in any 70s made-for-tv film.


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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Hey, That Hole's Dangerous!" (video)




The third Stooge covers a hole in the floor he made with a rug.

Usually, toward the end of the end of the episode...

...a villian steps on the rug and falls through the hole.

(threestooges.net)

WE WANT OUR MUMMY (1939)
A PLUMBING WE WILL GO (1940)
IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE (1941)
VAGABOND LOAFERS (1949)

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Friday, May 1, 2020

"The Happy Days Of Garry Marshall" Special Airs Tuesday, May 12th at 8/7c on ABC




“THE HAPPY DAYS OF GARRY MARSHALL”

Special Airs Tuesday, May 12th at 8/7c on ABC



In a one-of-a-kind, heartfelt tribute to a Hollywood legend, the stars of some of TV and film’s most iconic titles, including “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” come together to celebrate “The Happy Days of Garry Marshall,” airing TUESDAY, MAY 12 (8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

In this special, Marshall’s family and friends share their favorite memories of the creative genius behind some of the most memorable series in television history. It was 1974 when Marshall created his first series for ABC and introduced America to “The Cunninghams.”


Each week, millions gathered around the television set for “Happy Days,” shared in the hilarious hijinks of Laverne DeFazio and her best friend, Shirley Feeney, on “Laverne & Shirley,” and witnessed the “out-of-this-world” adventures of a Martian named Mork on “Mork & Mindy.”

Not only was Marshall a force in television, he directed a wide range of critically acclaimed feature films including “Pretty Woman,” “Beaches,” “Runaway Bride” and “The Princess Diaries,” creating countless memories for generations around the world. 


Join stars Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo and Julia Roberts (“Pretty Woman”); Ron Howard, Don Most, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”); Cindy Williams, David Lander and Michael McKean (“Laverne & Shirley”); Pam Dawber (“Mork & Mindy”); Barbara Hershey (“Beaches”); and Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway and Chris Pine (“The Princess Diaries”) for an evening full of laughs and heartfelt memories about a man who put family first and spent his life and career making us laugh.

“Garry famously said, ‘I never wanted to change the world. I wanted to entertain the world.’ And for more than six decades, his work in television and films made us laugh, touched our hearts and always left us feeling good,” said John Scheinfeld, executive producer of “The Happy Days of Garry Marshall.” “Featuring his most famous stars, this very special celebration captures the hilarious, positive, upbeat and romantic nature of Garry Marshall. It’s exactly the show we need right now.”


Additional appearances in “The Happy Days of Garry Marshall” include ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and actors Abigail Breslin, Yvette Nicole Brown, Cary Elwes, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Lowe and John Stamos, as well as Marshall’s wife, Barbara, and their children Scott, Kathleen and Lori, who share never-before-heard stories about Marshall, including a look back at the start of his career in Hollywood.

“The Happy Days of Garry Marshall” is produced by Crew Neck Productions for ABC and is written and directed by John Scheinfeld.


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Hopalong Cassidy Being A Total Bada** #1 ("WIDE OPEN TOWN", 1941) (video)




Hoppy (William Boyd) just became sheriff of an especially lawless town.

He and Lucky (Russell Hayden) decide to introduce themselves at the local saloon...

...which is owned by beautiful but bad Belle (Evelyn Brent).

Victor Jory and Glenn Strange try to get the best of him.

But nobody gets the best of Hoppy when he switches into "bada$$" mode.


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"YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE" -- SUPER LTD Acquires North American Rights to David Darg and Price James’ Compelling and Buzzy SXSW Sensation




SUPER LTD Acquires North American Rights to David Darg and Price James’ Compelling and Buzzy SXSW Sensation

"YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE"

 Marks the First Documentary Film Acquired Out of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival



NEW YORK, NY | May 1, 2020 – SUPER LTD, the boutique division and incubator from NEON, announced today that they have acquired North American rights to David Darg and Price James’ wildly entertaining and poignant documentary, You Cannot Kill David Arquette, an official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.

Filmed over three years chronicling the grueling journey through Arquette’s life and wrestling, the film was one of the most buzzed-about titles to have its Austin premiere disrupted.  The film instead had its debut in early March at the Arquette’s California home a mere 24 hours after hearing about the SXSW cancellation, surrounded by friends, family and a homemade wrestling ring.

Following his infamous championship run as part of a marketing stunt for the film Ready to Rumble, David Arquette is widely known as the most hated man in pro-wrestling worldwide. Nearly 20 years after he "won" the initial title, through ups and downs in his career, with his family, and with his struggles with addiction, Arquette seeks redemption by returning to the ring for real this time. You Cannot Kill David Arquette features intimate footage of his journey, alongside interviews with sisters Patricia and Rosanna Arquette, Courteney Cox, and iconic pro wrestler, Ric Flair.

Directors David Darg and Price James commented, "We couldn't be more excited to have SUPER LTD as a partner for our film. They understand how to bring films to passionate audiences and there's no more passionate audiences than wrestling."

Executive Producer and star David Arquette remarked, "I set out to make this film to stand up for myself, to rewrite the ending to my story, and find a place where I could be proud of my time in the ring. We couldn't wish for a better company to share this love letter to the wrestling world."

You Cannot Kill David Arquette is directed by David Darg and Price James and produced by Christina McLarty Arquette, Bryn Mooser, David Darg, Ross Levine, Stacey Souther. The XTR and One Last Run production is executive produced by Franklin and Gabby McLarty, David Arquette, Justin Lacob, Kathryn Everett. The film is edited by Paul Rogers with a score by Matt Glass. 

Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal for SUPER LTD with Eric Sloss of Cinetic, on behalf of the filmmakers.  You Cannot Kill David Arquette will be released by SUPER LTD, with release plans to be announced at a later date. 


SUPER LTD

SUPER LTD is a boutique film distribution company and incubator focused on films and release strategies that seize upon the political and cultural moment.  SUPER LTD’s debut film was Anthony Bourdain’s Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.  The company also partnered with NEON on Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s award-winning and record- breaking Honeyland, which is the first non-fiction feature to land Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film in the same year.  Its slate also includes:  Jack Bryan’s Active Measures, and Gene Graham’s This One’s for the Ladies.


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