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Monday, November 30, 2020

Cyber Monday Sale At Icarus Films! 50% off Blu-rays and Box Sets!

 


Cyber Monday Sale!
50% OFF BOX SETS AND BLU-RAYS!

SALE BEGINS MONDAY, 11/30
MUST ORDER BY THURSDAY, 12/3!

Blu-rays and box sets from Chris Marker,
Chantal Akerman, Patricio Guzman, and more!

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Icarus Films is here to make your holiday shopping a little easier and safer with our Blu-rays and box sets sale! We are digging deep and offering 50% off some of our most popular titles. 

Experience Patricio Guzmán beautiful and award-winning new film THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS, check out four unforgettable works by a legend in cinema with CHANTAL AKERMAN, FOUR FILMS, or explore Chris Marker's celebration of philosophy and ideas with our smash hit THE OWL'S LEGACY. All this and more!
 
50% off Box Sets!
Six Films by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Five Films by Patricio Guzman
Chris Marker's The Owl's Legacy
Eight Films by Jean Rouch
Capitalism: A Six-Part Series
The Battle of Chile
12 Days: Three Films by Raymond Depardon
Bill Morrison: Collected Works
Chantal Akerman, Four Films
Middletown


50% off Blu-rays!
The Cordillera of Dreams
Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith
The Way Things Go
Our Daily Bread
Olivia
Nostalgia for the Light
Bill Morrison's Decasia

 
Questions? Contact Us!
caitlin@icarusfilms.com

On behalf of all of us at Icarus Films, be safe and well, and happy holidays!



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Sunday, November 29, 2020

"Cyber Dynamite" -- Virtual Napoleon Dynamite Cast Reunion To Benefit The Hunger Project

 


"Cyber Dynamite"

Virtual Napoleon Dynamite Cast Reunion

To Benefit The Hunger Project


 

Key cast members of the 2004 comedy film "Napoleon Dynamite" will be reuniting virtually in a special pre-recorded program available at 5:00 pm PST/8:00 pm EST on December 4 on YouTube. The hosted reunion will be the first time many of the cast have interacted since the film first burst out of the Sundance Film Festival and became an international smash.

 

Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), Jon Gries (Uncle Rico), Tina Majorino (Deb), Haylie Duff (Summer) and, Shondrella Avery (LaFawnduh) are joined by several other surprise cast members for the program. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for The Hunger Project (thp.org) to end hunger worldwide.

 

Entitled "Cyber Dynamite" due to its virtual nature, the online reunion follows in the footsteps of other recent pop culture online reunions, and while it will be free to view, donations are being sought to support The Hunger Project. In addition, a select group of special items from some of the cast will be available by raffle to donors contributing $75 or more. Item descriptions are available on The Hunger Project's event page: 

https://thp.org/events/cyber-dynamite-napoleon-dynamite-benefit-reunion/

 

About Napoleon Dynamite:


The quirky 2004 comedy directed by Jared Hess was purchased by Fox Searchlight after its Sundance Film Festival debut and grossed over $46 million on a $400k budget. The film became a cult classic and spawned an animated series on Fox in 2012.

 

About The Hunger Project:

The Hunger Project is an organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. It's community-led programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, reaching 16.5 million people who have been mobilized to lead themselves out of hunger and poverty. Their work prioritizes progress in gender equality, health, education, nutrition and income generation in rural areas. 



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PORFLE VS. NETWORK TELEVISION EXECUTIVES -- Fiction By Porfle

 


When I was approached by the three major television networks to do a series, my first thought was: "What unmitigated gall these silly bastards have--daring to address me as though they were equals." My indignance was temporarily assuaged when they referred to me as "Your Holiness", but then I noticed that they were merely on their knees instead of sprawled out facedown in total supplication to me. This really irked me, and I was compelled to release several gallons of molten lead that I keep handy in large swiveled urns around the house. Panic-stricken, they screamed and backed into corners and onto the furniture to keep from being incinerated, which I found so amusing that I actually decided to entertain their pathetic pleas for my participation in some sort of television program. But the first subject on the table, of course, would be my list of demands.




"First of all," I firmly announced, "I want peanuts. All kinds. Salted, unsalted, dry roasted, boiled, raw, all shapes and sizes. I want a variety of every kind of peanuts in the entire world at my disposal at all times. Every time I hold out my hand, even if I have my eyes closed, I should be able to grab a handful of peanuts. Do you get that? Peanuts! PEANUTS!"



Vincent Buggatti, head of programming for ABC, was the first to hastily jot this down in his notepad. This seemed to be a point in ABC's favor until I noticed that Phyllis van Buren, head of programming for NBC, was already on her cell phone to the CEO of the World Peanut Federation, ensuring me a perpetual lifetime supply of peanuts, truckloads of them, twenty-four hours a day, delivered by movie stars and prostitutes. I made a mental note of this.



Meanwhile, Brendan Gilhooley, the boy genius of CBS who had turned the network from a boring wasteland of old-people shows into a fantasy wonderland of brain-rotting crap for teenagers to watch while getting stoned and whacking off, was still struggling with the concept. "Peanuts?" he muttered with a perplexed look. "Why? With the whole world at your demand, with anything you could possibly ever dream of merely a wish away, why in god's name would you ask for something as trivial and inconsequential as--"



Taking the liberty of interrupting him by releasing a horde of rabid, flesh-eating warthogs, I watched with mild interest as Gilhooley scrambled for his life, first by trying to outrun the carniverous fiends, and then by leaping onto a chandelier and dangling precariously over the slavering beasts for dear life, screaming in mindless terror.



"What do you think about peanuts now?" I asked.



"Yes! YES!" he screamed. "They're GREAT!!!"



"I thought so." With a casual wave of my hand, the warthogs obediently retreated through their secret sliding wall panels. Gilhooley nervously climbed down from the chandelier as Buggatti and van Buren smirked at him like schoolchildren.



"My second demand--"



At this, all three instantly sprang to attention in front of me, their notepads, cell phones, and laptops at the ready. I opened my mouth to speak, and van Buren hastily croaked into her phone, "He's opening his mouth to speak!" The unbearable suspense caused Gilhooley to have a massive heart attack and croak right there on the spot. Buggatti, meanwhile, was having an out-of-body experience and was observing the scene from somewhere near the ceiling.



"My second demand," I continued, " is that everyone else who works at the network of my choice, whether in an acting or production capacity, must walk around stark naked all day--"



The two surviving network executives instantly began tearing their clothes off. After a few moments of ripping sounds and flying scraps of material they both stood there naked as jaybirds, bug-eyed and hyperventilating as they trembled in anticipation of my next utterance.



"--and they must also hop around clucking like chickens."



"BAAAAAWK!!! BWAAAAAWK!!!" they shrieked while hopping jerkily around the room, hands lodged in their armpits as they made flapping motions and darted their heads back and forth. With a bright smile of childlike amusement, I reached into a bag of chicken feed that I kept handy for such occasions and spread a few handfuls on the floor. "BWAAAAARK!" Buggatti and van Buren cried in unison as they sprawled onto the meticulously-polished teak floorboards and started pecking hungrily at the chicken feed, their bare butts bobbing up and down in the air.



Suddenly, Gilhooley opened his eyes and sat up groggily. "Oh my god," he said, his voice filled with wonder. "I just died, and...and experienced the afterlife..." As he spoke, a heavenly light seemed to shine down and cast his face in its otherworldly glow. "Everyone was there," he said wistfully, "beckoning me to join them...it was b-beautiful..." Tears streamed down his cheeks. "And then...a deep, wonderful voice said to me, 'Brendan, it isn't your time yet.' And, and then..." He looked around and saw what was going on. "Oh, SH**!" he cried, ripping his clothes off and joining the others as they clucked insanely and pecked at the chicken feed. "BAAAAAWK! BWAAAAAWK!" he shrieked.



Well, needless to say, I had no intention of participating in some stupid television program, but I'd found it momentarily entertaining to toy with these network executives for a brief time until they became boring and I had all three summarily ejected from my home by burly armed bodyguards. They were hesitant to leave at first, but the warthogs soon encouraged them to scramble into their limosines, still stark naked and covered with chicken feed. In the desperate hope that I might change my mind, they were still hopping around in their seats naked and clucking as loudly as possible out the open windows as their chauffeurs drove them away. After that, I made a salami and cheese sandwich and watched my hidden camera videos of the whole thing, which of course would be posted on the Internet the next day, before I grew tired of this and popped in a "Howdy Doody" DVD. It had been quite a nice day, and as I drifted peacefully off to sleep that night, I dreamt of human chickens.




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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Olive Films Is Proud To Announce The Following December 2020​ Release: "NELSON ALGREN LIVE" (2016) - DVD/BD

 


Olive Films is proud to announce the following December 2020​ release:

NELSON ALGREN LIVE (2016) - DVD/BD



WILLEM DAFOE
BARRY GIFFORD
RUSSELL BANKS
RICK KOGAN
MARTHA LAVEY
RANDALL NEWSOME
KATHY SCAMBIETERRA
DAN SIMON
 
Directed by
OSCAR BUCHER
 
YEAR: 2016
GENRE: PERFORMANCE DOCUMENTARY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 72 min
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; Color / B&W
AUDIO: 5.1 SURROUND
 
SPECIAL FEATURES

    Essays by Barry Gifford & Dan Simon
    Photo essay by Art Shay
    Trailers 

 

 

One of the most neglected American writers and also one of the best loved, novelist Nelson Algren wrote about the dark underbelly of post-war America before it was ever fashionable to do so.

Best known for the novel The Man with the Golden Arm, Algren was a bard of the down-and-outer, writing about Chicago—his Chicago—boldly depicting the life of the city’s drunks, pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts, corrupt politicians, and hoodlums.

On what would have been his 100th birthday, a group of actors and writers gathered at the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater to premiere Nelson Algren Live—an onstage reading and celebration of Algren’s life and work in his own words.

Barry Gifford seamlessly steps into Algren’s voice like he’s putting on an old coat, while Willem Dafoe’s stunning performance of a punch-drunk prizefighter ignites a newly unearthed story.

US+CANADA
PREBOOK: 12/01/2020
STREET:    12/15/2020
 
NELSON ALGREN LIVE  DVD     
CAT:                 OF1426
UPC:       887090142618
SRP:                 $19.95
 
NELSON ALGREN LIVE  BD       
CAT:                 OF1427
UPC:       887090142717
SRP:                 $24.95 



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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Dyn-O-Mite!" (video)

 

 

The Stooges are the last people in the world...

...who should be handling lit dynamite...

...so naturally, they constantly find themselves handling lit dynamite.

(threestooges.net)

CASH AND CARRY (1937)
THE SITTER DOWNERS (1937)
CACTUS MAKES PERFECT (1942)
SPOOK LOUDER (1943)
THE THREE TROUBLEDOERS (1946)
OUT WEST (1947)
PUNCHY COWPUNCHERS (1950)
BOOTY AND THE BEAST (1953)
BLUNDER BOYS (1955)

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



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Monday, November 23, 2020

"SILENT HILL: ECHOES" NEW 2021 RELEASE DATE -- New Fan Film Based on the Horror Game From Konami

 


SILENT HILL: ECHOES NEW 2021 RELEASE DATE

 New Fan Film Based on the Horror Game From Konami

 

“Silent Hill: Echoes,” a new fan film based on the horror game from Konami, was scheduled for release this November 27th. After a great reaction from fans, the makers of the movie decided to reshoot certain scenes. “We listen to the feedback,” says co-producer Ken Cosentino, “Once we saw how big the audience was, based on their response we knew we could do better and they deserve better. We agree with their input so we went back for reshoots.” Due to a major outbreak of COVID-19 in Western New York, the reshoots were suddenly postponed.

Creator and DP Codey Dingfield was disappointed but optimistic, saying that it was an easy decision, “At the end of the day we’re bummed because we wanted to roll this out, but the health and wellness of everyone comes first.” Right now Western New York is the virus hot spot of New York State, with parts of Erie and Niagara County in the orange and yellow zones.

 


“It’s no joke here,” says Cosentino with a nod. He’s right - the infection rate for Erie County has reached 20,889 and climbing every day with a 6.9% positive daily rate. The Buffalo-Niagara regional film industry has recently seen a boom in production, from Paramount Pictures “A Quiet Place 2” to Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley.” Cosentino, CEO of Niagara Falls based White Lion Studios, LLC, is no stranger to overcoming adversity on a film set. 

As a veteran filmmaker and alumni of both Troma and The Asylum, Ken is known as a “fixer” and a hired-gun. “This is exactly the kind of shit I expect to happen,” says Cosentino, “On Atlantic Rim we got hit by a hurricane and a bunch of people got sick, plus a lot of other stuff I’m not supposed to talk about.” As for the new Silent Hill fan film, he jokes “We’ll just scrap it and make a whole different movie, one that’s way better.”

“Silent Hill: Echoes” is scheduled for reshoots in the early spring of next year. It will be available on YouTube in 2021.



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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Wes Studi, Q'orianka Kilcher and Tatanka Means Join Coerte Voorhees' "CANYON DEL MUERTO"

 


ALL STAR CAST WES STUDI, Q’ORIANKA KILCHER, AND TATANKA MEANS JOIN COERTE VOORHEES’ “CANYON DEL MUERTO”

PRESIDENT JONATHAN NEZ OF THE NAVAJO NATION AND DAVID MIDTHUNDER ALSO JOIN THE CAST WITH PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY CURRENTLY UNDERWAY IN ALBUQUERQUE


 
LOS ANGELES (November 19, 2020) – Oscar winning Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, Hostiles), Q’orianka Kilcher (“Yellowstone,” “The Alienist,” The New World), and Tatanka Means (“I Know This Much Is True,” “The Liberator”) have signed on to star in writer/director Coerte Voorhees’ (The First Line – Now on Netflix) Canyon Del Muerto. Based on the true story of one of America’s first female archaeologists, the film also stars David Midthunder (Hostiles, “Westworld”), alongside previously announced Abigail Lawrie, Tom Felton, Ewen Bremner, Bronson Webb, Elias Koteas, and Val Kilmer.

Edmond and Glessna Coisson, Denny LaVia, Peter & Donna Rice Bahner, Perry Stamatis, John & Jean Savage, Charles & Nubia Benson, Mike & Jan Baum, Jake Chesney, Matt & Heather Hook, Charlie Zine, Andrew Carver, Linda & Erik Thomas, Jennifer Dutton, Mary Lou Chapa, Ed & Michael Garrett, Frank and Cherry Binetti, Daniel Nigg, Daniel Granik, Jim Cather, and Roger & Barbara Blomquist have also signed on as Executive Producers. Voorhees and his brother John are producing under their “A Visionary Film” banner, with “First Line Films” and “The Vladar Company.” Julius Elwood and John Tsosie are the film’s cultural liaisons with the Navajo Nation. Chris Maher is co-executive producing and Roma Kong will Co-Produce along with Alberto Zeni and Omar Blanco.

Lisa London and Catherine Stroud handled casting on the film, which is now in production across New Mexico. The film is shooting on location across the Southwest and the Yucatan with special Covid-19 measures and protocols in place in archaeological and cultural heritage sites throughout North America and Mexico in collaboration with the Navajo Nation, National Park Service, and the Government of Yucatan. The addition of Native American cast and the personal support of President Jonathan Nez of the Navajo Nation emphasizes the importance of telling the indigenous history of North America. President Nez has expressed the importance of showing the resilience of Native people and telling their history that long predates American settlement. Nez is also set to cameo in the film.

Canyon Del Muerto is the true story of Ann Axtell Morris (Lawrie), America's first female archaeologist who spent years uncovering civilizations in the Southwest and Mexico. Ann was married to Earl Halstead Morris (Felton) who, along with the historical character Sylvanus G. Morley (Bremner), served as a primary inspiration for Indiana Jones. The film's screenplay is based on Ann's two novels (Digging in Yucatan and Digging in the Southwest), which was optioned and adapted by Voorhees.

Studi first appeared in Dances with Wolves, followed by a standout performance as "Magua" in The Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves and Heat. He has since appeared in productions including: Scott Coopers Hostiles; Geronimo: An American Legend, Being Flynn, Avatar, Comanche Moon, Streets of Laredo, Mystery Men, “Kings,” Terrence Malick's The New World, Hell on Wheels, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and Seraphim Falls. He also starred in the Robert Redford produced Skinwalkers.

Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actresses with her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in Terrence Malick's The New World. She currently stars in Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone,” and is known for roles in TNT’s “The Alienist,” Princess Kaiulani, Color Out of Space and Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

Means currently stars in Netflix’s limited-series “The Liberator”, a rotoscope-animation true story of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, and Haroula Rose’s recently released Once Upon a River. Means previously starred alongside Mark Ruffalo in HBO’s limited series “I Know This Much Is True” directed by Derek Cianfrance, and has appeared in series including “The Son”, “Saints & Strangers”, and films such as The Host and Tiger Eyes.

Kilcher is represented by APA and Anonymous Content; Studi is repped by Domain Talent and Michael Black Management (MBM); Means is repped by Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency (AEFH) and The O’ Agency; and Midthunder is represented by Linda McAlister Talent, The O’Agency and Corner Booth Entertainment.



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Friday, November 20, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Spiral-Cut Bread" (video)

 


A Stooge cuts a loaf of bread in a spiral motion...

...and when he's finished...

...the bread looks like an accordion.

(threestooges.net)

I CAN HARDLY WAIT (1943)
INCOME TAX SAPPY (1954)

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

 


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

"THE MARK OF THE BELL WITCH" Will Haunt Audiences December 15

 


"The Mark of the Bell Witch" Haunts the Holidays

New Docudrama Comes 200 Years After the Death of John Bell in Tennessee 

Dramatized Retelling of the Bell Witch’s Reign of Terror Lands December 15 on Digital HD



Wadsworth, OH -- Small Town Monsters has announced the Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD release of their latest investigative docudrama, The Mark of the Bell Witch. Noted urban legend documentarian Seth Breedlove (The Mothman Legacy) describes the film as a dramatized retelling of the entire sordid tale of the merciless spirit who tormented the Bell family from 1817 to 1821 in Adams, Tennessee. 

 


 

The Mark of the Bell Witch arrives just ahead of the 200th anniversary of John Bell’s death, whose mysterious passing in December 1820 cemented the legend of the Bell Witch in American folklore. The Mark of the Bell Witch will be available to rent or own on Amazon Instant Video, Vimeo OnDemand, DVD and VIDI Space starting December 15th. Blu-ray and DVD copies will be available exclusively from the STM Shop.



The Mark of the Bell Witch - Trailer (New Paranormal Ghost Haunting Horror)

 



The Mark of the Bell Witch is the first attempted documentary of the famed piece of Appalachian folklore. The story of the Bell family who encountered mysterious sounds in their home, eventually becoming a full-blown apparition who terrorized them for almost five years, is still taught in Tennessee schools today. Considered to be one of the only known cases of murder committed by a “ghost” in American history, the story of John Bell’s poisoning at the hands of the witch has been the subject of numerous television shows, books, songs, and even a horror film.

However, previous filmed interpretations of the events left out large portions of the legend, or simply adapted the events to their needs. In the hands of Small Town Monsters, there will be a historically minded approach to the telling of the case, as well as a dive into how the haunting has affected the local culture of Adams, Tennessee.

 


The Mark of the Bell Witch is directed by Seth Breedlove and produced by Adrienne Breedlove. Narration is covered by genre actress Lauren Ashley Carter (Darlin’, Pod), with Zac Palmisano in the role of director of photography. Santino Vitale and SRV Films supplied VFX and Brandon Dalo (The Mothman Legacy) provided an original score. Amy Davies and Thomas Koosed headline the film in the lead roles of Elizabeth Bell and John Bell Sr, accompanied by Aaron Gascon, Sue Matzke, Grayden Nance and Mark Matzke. Adrienne Breedlove appears as the Bell Witch.

The Mark of the Bell Witch tells the terrifying, true story of the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee. A family who, for nearly five years, were haunted by an apparition bent on destroying their lives, and murdering the patriarch of the family, John Bell. Beginning in 1817 as a disembodied voice before eventually manifesting into numerous entities and showing her power through horrifying encounters, the Bell Witch has since become a folk legend.

Now, for the first time, learn the truth behind what actually took place during one of the most famous hauntings in American history.


Preorder The Mark of the Bell Witch on Vimeo

Preorder The Mark of the Bell Witch on Blu-ray & DVD


The Mark of the Bell Witch: English / USA / 85 min 



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Monday, November 16, 2020

Mark Your Calendar for These December Joe Bob Events!

 


JOE BOB SAVES CHRISTMAS

A Last Drive-in Holiday Double Feature

 

 
 
Hosted by Joe Bob Briggs
Friday, December 11
Streaming only on Shudder
9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific



 

See Joe Bob in person and do some holiday shopping the day after the Last Drive-in special at the Spooky Empire December Pop Up Event! It's December 12-13 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort; tickets are limited and can only be purchased online.

Tickets for Spooky Empire December Pop Up Event



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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Saban Films Takes "THE VAULT" Starring Famke Janssen, Sam Riley, Freddie Highmore, and Liam Cunningham

 


SABAN FILMS TAKES “THE VAULT” STARRING FAMKE JANSSEN, SAM RILEY, FREDDIE HIGHMORE AND LIAM CUNNINGHAM

Saban Films will release The Vault in theaters, on demand and digitally January 22nd, 2021



LOS ANGELES (November 12, 2020) – Saban Films has acquired US and Canadian rights to Jaume Balagueró’s The Vault [previously Way Down] starring Famke Janssen (X-Men franchise), Sam Riley (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Maleficent), Golden Globe® Nominee Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “Bates Motel”), Astrid Bergès-Frisbeyfor (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones”). Rowan Athale, Michel Gaztambide, Borja Glez. Santaolalla, Andrés M. Koppel and Rafa Martínez penned the action thriller, with Álvaro Augustin, Ghislain Barrois, Freddie Highmore, Eneko Lizarraga and Francisco Sánchez producing.  Saban Films will release The Vault in theaters, on demand and digitally January 22nd, 2021.

The Vault follows Thom (Highmore), a genius engineering graduate whose interest is piqued by the Bank of Spain. It’s safe, built over 100 years ago, has no blueprints, and its security system includes an underground river that floods the safe room if breached. After learning that a legendary treasure will be deposited in the bank's safe, Thom masterminds a meticulous plan along with charismatic art dealer Walter (Cunningham) to break into it.

Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said, “The Vault is an impressive and well-crafted film that will keep audiences in suspense through every step of the plan.”

Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with CAA Media Finance on behalf of filmmakers and TF1 STUDIO.

Saban Films recently announced that it has entered the UK market via a partnership with Altitude Media Group.  The company continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space.  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:  Dennis Dugan’s Love, Weddings & Other Disasters starring Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons, Maggie Grace, Jesse McCartney, Chandra West, Diego Boneta, Andrew Bachelor, and Veronica Ferres; Seth Savoy’s directorial debut Echo Boomers starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, Alex Pettyfer, Oliver Cooper, Lesley Ann Warren and Michael Shannon; Jamie Babbit’s The Stand In with Drew Barrymore in a dual lead role alongside Michael Zegen, T.J. Miller, and Holland Taylor; Josh Duhamel’s directorial debut Buddy Games; the Alicia Silverstone wedding comedy Sister of the Groom; John Suits’ Breach starring Bruce Willis, Cody Kearsley and Callan Mulvey; 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.



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Saturday, November 14, 2020

PORFLE PRESENTS: "THE BUZZ ALDRIN THANKSGIVING DISASTER"

 


Whenever I think of Thanksgiving, I can't help but recall the time astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin had Thanksgiving dinner with me and my family.  
 
 
(He didn't really, but that doesn't affect the story all that much so don't worry about it.) 

We were all getting ready to sit down to dinner when the doorbell rang.  Being the youngest, I answered it.  To my surprise, astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was standing on the porch.  He was wearing a nice suit and was smiling brightly.  He looked hungry! 

"Aren't you Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut?" I asked, recognizing him from all the TV news moon-landing coverage.

"Yes, I am," he responded with a crisp nod.  "I'm here for dinner...and boy, does it ever smell good."  He rocked a bit on his heels, looking eager and expectant. Figuring that somebody must've invited him, I stood aside and ushered him in.

"Buzz Aldrin's here, everybody," I announced to my astonished family while fetching another chair from the kitchen and dragging it to the diningroom table.  I had to squeeze Buzz in between me and my sister.  The rest of the family had frozen in mid-motion at the sight of him and watched as he sat down and spread a napkin in his lap.  "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse," he quipped.

Dad cleared his throat and spoke hesitantly.  "Uhh...I was just about to say the blessing, Mr. Aldrin.  But perhaps you'd do the honors instead."

"I'd be happy to," said Buzz.  We all lowered our heads, and Buzz began to speak in a low, sonorous voice.  "Dear Lord...bless the moon and the astronauts and spaceships and NASA, and Walter Cronkite, and those weird little gremlins that come through the walls of our space capsules in outer space and try to kill us.  And bless Grandma and Uncle Spanky and Boris Karloff and the Jackson Five and the brave plumbers who fix our toilets so that we can relieve ourselves without having to go outside."  He looked around and smiled.  "Amen."

"Amen," we all repeated nervously.  Even though it was an honor to have a famous astronaut eating Thanksgiving dinner with us, he was starting to creep us out a little.  And nobody knew why the heck he was there in the first place.

Dad passed the turkey platter to our guest.  Buzz held it in both hands and regarded the golden brown turkey appreciatively.  "This dead bird, whose corpse has been roasted," he announced momentously, "will soon be eagerly masticated by our gnashing teeth and drenched in our gushing saliva.  And then we will swallow it, beginning the strange, magical digestive process that will eventually result in our bowels moving and expelling--"

"Would you like some yams?" Mom interjected, hoping to bring a halt to Buzz's potentially graphic speech. 

Buzz glanced at her and shook his head.  "No, thank you.  This dead bird, whose corpse has been roasted," he muttered, trying to regain his place, "uh, blah, blah, blah...magical digestive process..."  His voice took on its rich, confident tone once again.  "Beginning the strange, magical digestive process that will eventually result in our bowels moving and ex--"

"Tell us about the moon landing!" Mom almost yelped. 

For a few moments, Buzz looked at her as though she were some kind of creature from Mars.  Then his head seemed to clear a bit, and he smiled.  "Well," he said, "it was kind of like this."  He laid the platter down and stuck his hand up inside the turkey, lifting it up and moving it around like some kind of ghastly hand puppet.  "Let's say the table is the moon's surface, and the space capsule is represented by this dead bird, whose corpse has been roasted..."  He stopped, a look of confusion settling over his features.  "We will soon be eagerly masticating it with our gnashing teeth, and drenching it in our gushing saliva..."

I didn't want to hear about that process again so I interjected.  "What was it like walking around on the moon?" I asked.

Buzz brightened again.  "Well, it was like this," he explained, now using the impromptu turkey-puppet to represent himself on the moon's surface.  He minced it around on the table, bobbing it up and down slowly as though semi-weightless, and weaving it deftly around between the big bowl of mashed potatoes and a heaping platter of cornbread dressing.  "This is me," he added, nodding down at the turkey in case we hadn't already grasped that.  Then he reached over and grabbed my nephew Danny by his suspenders and lifted him out of his highchair.  "And this is Neil Armstrong." 

As we all looked on in horror, Aldrin "moon-walked" baby Danny around on the table along with the dead turkey in what was probably the most revolting "mission simulation" in aerospace history.  Nobody knew what to do, since the situation was entirely alien to us.  Even my sister, who was Danny's mother, was afraid to do anything to antagonize Buzz at this point.  And still the horrible display continued, as turkey and baby took on the roles of the first two astronauts to walk on the moon. 

"Please...please..." my sister finally managed to croak.  "Please put him down."

Buzz looked at her as though she had two heads.  "Put who down?  Me or Neil?" he asked.

"PUT...THE BABY...DOWN!!!" she screamed at last, pounding her fists on the table with a clatter.

Buzz looked at the baby, then at the turkey.  A strange sort of realization began to creep over his face.  "Well, I, uh..." he said slowly.  "I'm afraid I...don't really know...which is the baby...and which is the dead bird...whose corpse has been roasted..."

"Not that again!" Mom shrieked, rising to her feet and grabbing her hair with both hands.  "NOT THE DIGESTIVE PROCESS STORY AGAIN!!!"

Silently, Buzz removed his hand from the turkey and placed it in the highchair, and then gently lowered Danny onto the turkey platter.  With deliberate restraint, he crossed his hands in his lap and spoke softly.  "I thought you all wanted to know about the moon landing," he said with self-pity and a faint air of reproach.  "You asked me to describe it.  I did so, using whatever visual aids were available at the time.  If you'd wanted me to use different ones, you should have supplied them." 

His eyes took on a dreamy look.  "Walter Cronkite supplied me with a neat-o toy spaceship and some little astronaut dolls that I got to keep, and a very nice scale mock-up of the Sea of Tranquility.  But all I had here was this strange creature--" he indicated Danny, who was cooing up at him in wonder--"and this dead bird, whose corpse has been roasted and will soon be eagerly masticated by our gnashing teeth and drenched in our gushing saliva--"

"I...don't...think...so," Mom groaned, clipping the words off bitterly.  "Not after you've had your hand stuck up inside it like that.  We'll not be 'masticating' that bird today, Mr. Aldrin.  And after all the trouble I went to...to..."  At that point it all became too much for her and she collapsed in a fit of convulsive weeping.  Dad rushed over and hurried her out of the room.  "I want you out of here," he said hoarsely to Buzz on his way past.

Buzz Aldrin took a deep breath, then shook his head as though he'd just awakened from a brief nap.  He looked around at us with a smile, seemingly unaware of the travesty he'd just made of our now-ruined Thanksgiving dinner, and continued where he'd left off.  "Beginning the strange, magical digestive process that will eventually result in our bowels--"

My sister screamed and whisked Danny away, fleeing the room.  Buzz watched her exit with a perplexed look and then turned to regard me as I sat trembling.  Aside from the turkey, which was still sitting in the highchair, it was just me and Buzz at the table now.  I wished I were somewhere else.  Or more precisely, that Buzz were somewhere else. 

Buzz picked up the turkey in one hand and a large sweet potato in the other.  "Would you like to see what a real NASA docking maneuver looks like?" he asked with a grin.

"No," I said weakly.  Then, summoning my courage, I added, "I think you should just leave."

"Oh?" said Buzz.  "Well, thank you for a lovely meal."  He rose from the table and headed for the front door.  Was he simply pretending that he hadn't just totally disrupted everything, I thought, or was he genuinely unaware?  I would never know.  Buzz disappeared out the door and out of our lives forever.

That is, until he showed up for breakfast the next morning.  You don't want to know what he tried to "simulate" with the link sausage, scrambled eggs, and our dog.  Something to do with "pulling eleven G's" or whatever.  Anyway, for what it's worth, I don't think astronauts and Thanksgiving go together very well at all.  

 

 


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Prop Store Announces 1980s Movie Props & Costumes To Be Sold At Auction

 


1980s MOVIE PROPS & COSTUMES TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION

Incredible lots from Batman, Superman, Beverly Hills Cop II and more to go under the hammer in upcoming London auction

 

Superman’s (Christopher Reeve) Tunic and Leggings from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and a Production-Made Batman (Michael Keaton) Cowl from Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) are expected to sell for £15k-20k ($19.8k-26.4k) and £8k-10k ($10.5k-13.2k) respectively as part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December 2020    

Lots from a some of cinema’s favourite 1980s classics including Uncle Buck (1989), Labyrinth (1986), The Princess Bride (1987) are to be sold alongside over 900 lots of props, costumes and production ephemera as part of the two-day auction, featuring a collection of film memorabilia worth over £4.4 million ($5.7 million)

Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the upcoming auction –  “We’ve got some incredible pieces of 1980s movie nostalgia that will definitely excite movie fans – from superhero classics, Batman and Superman, to comedy gems like The Princess Bride and Uncle Buck, there really is something for everyone! These fantastic lots will be sold as part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on 1st & 2nd December 2020!”

                              

 
Production-Made Batman (Michael Keaton) Cowl from BATMAN (1989). Estimate £8,000 - 10,000 ($10,560 - 13,200), Buttercup's (Robin Wright) Dress from THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987). Estimate £6,000 - 8,000 ($7,920 - 10,560), Superman's (Christopher Reeve) Tunic and Leggings from SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987). Estimate £15,000 - 20,000 ($19,800 - 26,400)

 
 The Prop Store Live Auction will feature:

    John Rambo's (Sylvester Stallone) Hero Bow and Arrows from RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985). Estimate £35,000 - 45,000 ($46,200 - 59,400)
    Stop-motion Vermithrax Pejorative Flying Dragon Miniature Puppet from DRAGONSLAYER (1981). Estimate £30,000 - 50,000 ($39,600 - 66,000)
    Jareth's (David Bowie) Crystal Ball, Autographed Photos, Tickets and Card from LABYRINTH (1986). Estimate £10,000 - 15,000 ($13,200 - 19,800)
    Prince Barin's (Timothy Dalton) Sword from FLASH GORDON (1980). Estimate £6,000 - 8,000 ($7,920 - 105,60)
    Ramirez's (Sean Connery) Katana from HIGHLANDER (1986). Estimate £6,000 - 8,000 ($7,920 - 10,560)
    Buck Russell's (John Candy) Bowling Ball from UNCLE BUCK (1989). Estimate £5,000 - 7,000 ($6,600 - 9,240)
    Axel Foley's (Eddie Murphy) Detroit Lions Letterman Jacket from BEVERLY HILLS COP II (1987). Estimate £3,000 - 5,000 ($3,960 - 6,600)




The auction will be live streamed online for fans to track the action and participate in bidding themselves. Bids can be placed online or by phone from anywhere in the world.

Auction lots can be viewed by appointment at Prop Store’s office facility in Hertfordshire, UK. Lots can be viewed by appointment only, please email auction@propstore.com for more details.

Prop Store will hold a virtual preview exhibition event in November via social media, with opportunities to see props from the auction up close and ask questions of the specialists.

Registration is now open and online proxy bids can be submitted here: https://ukm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/244


About Prop Store

Prop Store sells original movie props and costumes and related memorabilia, regularly hosting live and online prop and costume auctions. Over 8,000 items are also available for sale at fixed price on www.propstore.com.

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

 
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Friday, November 13, 2020

Solstice Studios Takes Worldwide Rights On Gerard Butler Action Thriller "THE PLANE"

 


SOLSTICE STUDIOS TAKES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS ON GERARD BUTLER ACTION THRILLER THE PLANE


LOS ANGELES, November 13, 2020 – Solstice Studios has acquired worldwide rights to the elevated action thriller The Plane starring Gerard Butler (Greenland, Angel Has Fallen) and is targeting a June 28, 2021 production start date. The film will be produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan, and Butler and Alan Siegel under their G-BASE banner. 

This is the first of several projects to come between di Bonaventura and Solstice Studios, who will finance, distribute the film in the U.S. and handle international, including servicing the international distribution deals made by MadRiver International when the project was first announced at AFM 2019.

Based on a story by Charles Cumming and Christian Gudegast, with a script by Charles Cumming, JP Davis and a recently revised draft by James Coyne, The Plane follows commercial airline pilot Ray Torrance (Butler) who heroically lands his storm-damaged aircraft on a remote jungle island in the Philippines, only to find himself stranded in a lawless war zone and the newfound target of ruthless pirates gunning to take the plane and its passengers hostage. As the world searches for the missing aircraft amidst a growing media frenzy, Ray must keep his passengers alive long enough to be found or to find a way out.

The deal was negotiated by Butan, di Bonaventura and Schuyler Moore of Greenberg Glusker with Solstice’s Mark Gill and Karen Barna.

Butler is currently in production on Cop Shop and is fresh off Ric Roman Waugh’s Greenland, which opened successfully abroad and will be released in the US next month. He previously starred in Angel Has Fallen, which was the final installment in the highly successful Olympus Has Fallen trilogy, which Solstice Studios CEO Mark Gill produced.

Solstice’s first film, Unhinged, starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe was the first new movie back in US theaters in August and to date is closing in on $43M at the worldwide box office. The studio also recently acquired Joe Bell starring Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg.

 



ABOUT MADRIVER PICTURES

MadRiver Pictures is a production, financing and sales company which launched in 2016 along with its sales subsidiary MadRiver International.  Recent productions for MadRiver include My Son, starring James McAvoy and Claire Foy and directed by Christian Carion which is currently in production in the UK, Worth starring Micheal Keaton, and James Gray’s Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt.

ABOUT DI BONAVENTURA PICTURES

Formed by Lorenzo di Bonaventura in 2002, di Bonaventura Pictures films have made over $7 billion dollars in global box office. They have produced over 30 films including the Transformers and GI Joe franchises; the global box-office hit The Meg for Warner Bros; the espionage thriller Salt starring Angelina Jolie; Summit Entertainment’s Red and Red 2; real life disaster film Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg and the critically acclaimed thriller Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Upcoming films include Infinite for Paramount Pictures with director Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg, Sophie Cookson and Chiwetel Ejiofor and GI Joe spin off Snake Eyes directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Henry Golding.

In 2011, the company branched into television production with the formation of di Bonaventura Pictures Television, which has produced The Real O’Neals, Shooter and the forthcoming adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel, Jupiters Legacy for Netflix

ABOUT G-BASE

G-BASE, the production shingle founded by Gerard Butler and Alan Siegel, has produced fifteen feature films since opening in 2008 including Law Abiding Citizen, Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, and the most recent film in the franchise Angel Has Fallen. Worldwide receipts have totaled over a half billion dollars.  Their latest films include the critically acclaimed The Vanishing, Den of Thieves, and Hunter Killer starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman. In 2019, their film Them That Follow, starring Olivia Colman, premiered and sold at Sundance in US Dramatic Competition. Greenland, their next production, is currently slated for release in December 2020 in the US, and has bravely led the pack of movies opening in cinemas across international markets gradually and safely during Covid, with #1 openings in almost all territories. In addition to film, the company continues to produce and develop a diverse slate of projects including television series, documentaries, and interactive media projects. They are currently in production on Copshop directed by Joe Carnahan starring Frank Grillo and Gerard Butler and are currently working with eOne to produce an adaptation of the book “Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by New York Times best-selling author V.E. Schwab.

ABOUT SOLSTICE STUDIOS

Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles, founded in October 2018. The studio 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 1-2 films per year for wide U.S. distribution.  The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.

The Solstice team has a $5 billion production track record; the company’s senior team includes President & CEO Mark Gill, Head of Production Lisa Ellzey, Co-Production Head Guy Botham, Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese, Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau, Head of Physical Production Dana Belcastro, Business & Legal Affairs Head Karen Barna, Chief Financial Officer Shaun Williams and Head of US Distribution Shari Hardison.



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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "My Toes Are Gone!" (video)

 


A Stooge gets the end of his shoe cut off...

...and thinks that his toes were taken off as well.

But they're still there, of course.

(threestooges.net)

SOME MORE OF SAMOA (1941)
FUELIN' AROUND (1949)

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "You See This Heel?" (video)

 


When a Stooge is asked if he's a good detective...

...by someone who obviously doesn't know them very well...

...he responds "You this this heel? I ran that down!"

(threestooges.net)

HORSES' COLLARS (1935)
SLAPHAPPY SLEUTHS (1950)

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Saban Films Takes Sci-Fi Epic "TIDES" And Horror Reboot "WRONG TURN" From Constantin Films

 


SABAN FILMS TAKES SCI-FI EPIC “TIDES” AND HORROR REBOOT “WRONG TURN” FROM CONSTANTIN FILMS

Mister Smith Entertainment Handling Sales at AFM

 
LOS ANGELES (November 10, 2020) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired rights to two titles from Munich-based Constantin Film, including North American and UK rights to Tim Fehlbaum’s epic Tides [previously Haven: Above Sky] starring Nora Arnezeder (“Mozart In The Jungle”), Iain Glen (“Game Of Thrones”), Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (Mary Magdalene), Sope Dirisu (The Huntsman: Winter’s Tale), Sebastian Roché (“The Man In The High Castle”) and Joel Basman (Land Of Mine); and North American rights to Mike P. Nelson’s horror reboot Wrong Turn with Charlotte Vega (The Lodgers), Matthew Modine (“Stranger Things”, 47 Meters Down), Damian Maffei (The Strangers: Prey at Night, Haunt), and Bill Sage (“Hap and Leonard”). Mister Smith Entertainment is handling worldwide sales on both Constantin Film productions this week out of the AFM, where they will be screening for buyers.

From Executive Producer Roland Emmerich, Tides is set in the near future and follows a female astronaut, shipwrecked on the long-decimated Earth, who must decide the fate of the wasteland's remaining populace. Producers are Thomas Wöbke and Philipp Trauer for BerghausWöbke Filmproduktion, with Ruth Waldburger for Vega Film, and Constanze Guttmann for Constantin Film. Martin Moszkowicz, Christoph Müller and Emmerich are Executive Producers.

Wrong Turn follows a group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail, who are confronted by 'The Foundation', a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years. The franchise reboot was written by Alan B. McElroy, the writer of the original film. Robert Kulzer, Constantin Film, in association with James Harris, Tea Shop Productions, produced.

Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said, “We love the team at Constantin Film and Mister Smith, and have always admired their work and taste. Tides is a sci-fi epic that we know our audiences will love, and Wrong Turn is a much-anticipated reboot that will not disappoint.”

Bromiley negotiated the Tides deal for Saban Films along with Mister Smith Entertainment’s David Garrett on behalf of filmmakers.  Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the Wrong Turn deal for Saban Films along with Producer Robert Kulzer, and Nick Hanks, Senior EVP Business & Legal Affairs and Operations at Constantin Film.

Saban Films recently announced that it has entered the UK market via a partnership with Altitude Media Group. The company continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space.  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:  Dennis Dugan’s Love, Weddings & Other Disasters starring Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons, Maggie Grace, Jesse McCartney, Chandra West, Diego Boneta, Andrew Bachelor, and Veronica Ferres; Seth Savoy’s directorial debut Echo Boomers starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, Alex Pettyfer, Oliver Cooper, Lesley Ann Warren and Michael Shannon; Jamie Babbit’s The Stand In with Drew Barrymore in a dual lead role alongside Michael Zegen, T.J. Miller, and Holland Taylor; Josh Duhamel’s directorial debut Buddy Games; the Alicia Silverstone wedding comedy Sister of the Groom; John Suits’ Breach starring Bruce Willis, Cody Kearsley and Callan Mulvey; 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.

Mister Smith Entertainment

Led by CEO David Garrett, Mister Smith Entertainment (MSE) is involved in the financing, co-financing and licensing of high-quality mainstream feature films and filmmaker driven movies for the global market. MSE’s current sales slate includes LAKEWOOD starring Naomi Watts, directed by Phillip Noyce, Michael Morris’ TO LESLIE starring Andrea Riseborough and Allison Janney, and the animated feature MOONED. In addition to THE HATING GAME, Mr. Smith Entertainment is co-financing two other features from BCDF Pictures: New York Times Bestseller THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS, starring Kiersey Clemons and Nick Robinson; and THE PECAN MAN to be directed by So Yong Kim. Mister Smith Entertainment’s film slate recently included Terence Malick’s acclaimed A HIDDEN LIFE, and two Apple world premieres: THE ELEPHANT QUEEN and THE BANKER.

About Constantin Film

Constantin Film has been synonymous with quality and success for over 40 years. It has played a crucial role in establishing German cinema both nationally and internationally. Between 1977, when Bernd Eichinger established the company, and today, Constantin Film has emerged as the most successful independent production and distribution company in the German media industry. Constantin Film's operations include German and English language motion picture theatrical production, theatrical distribution, home entertainment distribution, licensing and television production.

Constantin Film's diverse slate includes box office hits and award-winning films alike, ranging from comic book to literary adaptations, historical dramas, action and genre, among them THE NEVERENDING STORY, THE FANTASTIC FOUR film franchise, THE NAME OF THE ROSE, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, DOWNFALL, PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER, THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, POPE JOAN, THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS, FACK JU GOEHTE 1-3, three of the biggest ever German box office hits, the RESIDENT EVIL film franchise and MONSTER HUNTER.

In the ever growing field of TV and streaming platforms, Constantin Film has also been stepping up its television production business, including BLACK BEAUTY for Disney+, global hit series SHADOWHUNTERS and PERFUME, the highly anticipated series adaption of WE CHILDREN FROM BAHNHOF ZOO and numerous other shows for major streaming platforms and broadcasters in Germany and around the world. Constantin Film will also produce a RESIDENT EVIL series for Netflix, which is set to start production soon.



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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

See The Fun New Trailer For The Film Detective's Limited-Edition Release(s) of 1958’s “GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN"!

 


"GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN"

Available in Blu-ray & DVD, 1958 Science-Fiction Cult Classic Returns in Limited-Edition

Giant Cult Film Collector’s Box Set for the Holidays; General Release Scheduled for Jan. 19th


 

ROCKPORT, Mass. — For Immediate Release: The Film Detective (TFD), a classic media streaming network and film archive that restores and distributes classic films for today's cord-cutters, announces the release of Richard E. Cunha’s science-fiction classic, Giant from the Unknown (1958), on limited-edition Blu-ray and DVD. The Giant from the Unknown release comes as the latest in a series of restorations in collaboration with The Wade Williams Collection.



 WATCH THE TRAILER NOW:

 

 



For the first time ever, TFD presents film fans with the ultimate cinematic experience, offering Giant from the Unknown in a Limited-Edition Giant Cult Film Box Set, available to order now through Nov. 13 from TFD store via Imagen, delivered by Dec. 17 in time for the holidays.

Cult classic fans who order the Limited-Edition Giant Cult Film Box Set will receive the stunning 4K restoration of Giant from the Unknown, available on Blu-ray ($64.95) or DVD ($59.95), and rare collectibles … More than a month before the Giant from the Unknown’s general release. TFD will release the stand-alone special-edition restoration of Giant from the Unknown on limited-edition Blu-ray ($24.95) and DVD ($19.95) Jan. 19.

In Giant from the Unknown, Dr. Frederick Cleveland (Morris Ankrum) and his daughter Janet (Sally Fraser) are joined by scientific researcher Wayne Brooks (Ed Kemmer) in the pursuit of ancient artifacts from Vargas, a giant 500-year-old Spanish conquistador. When a lightning storm interrupts their search, the team finds much more than artifacts when the long-lost Vargas returns to life, with a murderous rage and an axe to grind!

 


 

Giant from the Unknown has been resurrected from the original camera negative with a stunning 4K transfer and includes exclusive special features: Never-before-seen interviews with author C. Courtney Joyner and actor Gary Crutcher and commentary from historian Tom Weaver, directed by Daniel Griffith at Ballyhoo Motion Pictures.

Inspired by the film, the Limited-Edition Giant Cult Film Box Set features exclusive collectibles that will thrill any cult classic film fan, including a 13-month cult film calendar, bookmark, magnet, custom playing card deck and lapel pin inspired by Vargas the Giant himself. And that’s not all!  Each box set will also include a surprise, TFD Vault cult film, recently restored from the original camera negative in stunning 4K and a one-year subscription to The Film Detective app, unlocking thousands of classic film and television titles available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.

At an $120+ value, the Limited-Edition Giant Cult Film Box Set is the perfect holiday treat. And if this giant offer at giant savings wasn’t incentive enough, the first 100 Blu-ray box set orders will receive their copy of Giant from the Unknown in a special blood-red Blu-ray case.

The Limited-Edition Giant Cult Film Box Set deal won’t last long!  The Film Detective store will be available now through Nov.13, with box sets to arrive by December 17. To order, visit https://thefilmdetective.imagenorders.com For more information on the general Jan. 19th Giant from the Unknown release, visit www.TheFilmDetective.com

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary with author/historian Tom Weaver and guests • audio commentary with co-star Gary Crutcher • You're a B-Movie Star, Charlie Brown, an all-new interview with actor/screenwriter Gary Crutcher • The Man With A Badge: Bob Steele in the 1950s, an all-new interview with author/film historian C. Courtney Joyner • original trailer • Blu-ray collector's booklet with still gallery and liner notes by Tom Weaver.

 


 

About The Film Detective:

The Film Detective (TFD) is a leading distributor of restored classic programming, including feature films, television, foreign imports and documentaries. Launched in 2014, TFD has distributed its extensive library of 3,000+ hours of film on DVD and Blu-ray and through leading broadcast and streaming platforms such as Turner Classic Movies, NBC, EPIX, Pluto TV, Amazon, MeTV, PBS and more. With a strong focus on increasing the digital reach of its content, TFD has released its classic movie app on web, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. TFD is also available live with a 24/7 linear channel available on Sling, STIRR, Plex and DistroTV. For more information, visit us online at www.TheFilmDetective.com

 

Giant from the Unknown


The Film Detective
Discs: 1
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Cult
Original Release: 1958 (B&W)
Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Running Time: 77 Minutes
SRP Limited-Edition Collector’s Box Set: $64.95 (Blu-ray) / $59.95 (DVD)
SRP General Release:  $24.95 (Blu-ray) / $19.95 (DVD)
Box Set Order Date: Now through Nov. 13, 2020 (Delivered by Dec. 17, 2020)
General Sale Pre-Order Date: Dec. 15, 2020
General Release Date: Jan. 19, 2021





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Monday, November 9, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "I've Got A Brother This High..." (video)

 


Shemp uses this to spare the Stooges from getting shot by a gangster.

He says that he has a great big brother THIS high...

...and slaps the gun out of the gangster's hand.

(threestooges.net)

FRIGHT NIGHT (1947)
MERRY MAVERICKS (1951)

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "I'm Too Young...!" (video)

 


It usually goes like this...

STOOGE: "I'm too young and handsome to die!"

Then, after thinking about it: "Well, I'm too young!"

(threestooges.net)

IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE (1941)
FRIGHT NIGHT (1947)
SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS (1947)

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NEON Wraps Ben Wheatley's Horror Film “IN THE EARTH” -- Protagonist To Start Selling the Film at Next Week’s AFM

 



NEON WRAPS PRODUCTION ON BEN WHEATLEY HELMED HORROR FILM “IN THE EARTH”

In The Earth Marks One of the First Fully Completed Productions During Pandemic

Protagonist To Start Selling the Film at Next Week’s AFM



NEW YORK, NY | November 6, 2020 – NEON today announced that Ben Wheatley (Rebecca, Free Fire, High-Rise) has written and directed the horror film In The Earth, starring Joel Fry (Yesterday, “Game of Thrones”), Ellora Torchia (“The Split”, Midsommar), Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake), and BAFTA Award Winner Reece Shearsmith (“Inside No. 9”, “Psychoville”). Andy Starke produced for Wheatley and Starke’s Rook Films alongside Tom Quinn and Jeff Deutchman who executive produced on behalf of NEON.  In Ben Wheatley’s rising career of studio tent pole franchises like The Meg 2 and In The Earth marks a return to his genre roots akin to his groundbreaking Kill List.  The film is also part of a growing production and development slate at the Academy Award winning studio NEON. Protagonist will launch foreign sales for the horror film at next week’s AFM, where they will be sharing exclusive footage with buyers.  NEON has scheduled a 2021 theatrical launch in the US.

As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them.

Wheatley is an Award Winning British filmmaker and screenwriter who first gained acclaim for his commercials and short films. He is best known for his work in the thriller and horror genres, including the psychological horror films Kill List, Sightseers, Down Terrace, the J. G. Ballard adaptation High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans, and the action comedy Free Fire starring Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, and Cillian Murphy for A24. He most recently directed Rebecca for Netflix, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, and will next be directing The Meg 2 for Warner.

Fry most recently starred in Netflix’s Love Wedding Repeat alongside Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn and Freida Pinto. He will next be seen in Disney’s Cruella starring Emma Stone. Torchia starred in Ari Aster’s Midsommar and AMC’s “The Split.” Squires won Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards for her performance in I, Daniel Blake. Shearsmith has won multiple awards for the British psychological horror-thriller “Psychoville” and has previously collaborated with Wheatley in High-Rise and A Field in England.

Wheatley is represented by the Independent Talent Group and WME. Fry and Shearsmith are represented by the Independent Talent Group, Torchia by Conway van Gelder Grant and Film Talents, and Squires by B-Side Management and Management 360.

NEON continues its foray into development and production on the heels of their Best Picture win for Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, a film they boarded at script stage, as well as Alex Gibney's Totally Under Control which was recently released ahead of the Presidential election. NEON has several projects at various stages of development and production, including the previously announced Pablo Larrain's Spencer, Julia Ducournau's Titane, and The Painter and the Thief narrative remake.

Protagonist’s slate includes Brady Corbet’s Brutalist; Official Competition by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat; Ben Sharrock’s BFI London Film Festival, TIFF, San Sebastian and Zurich selection Limbo; Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir II; Edward Hall’s Blithe Spirit; Alpha Gang by David and Nathan Zellner; and SXSW Grand Jury prize winner Freshman Year.



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Friday, November 6, 2020

Sci-Fi Survival Thriller "DUNE DRIFTER" Arrives on VOD, Digital and DVD -- See Trailer HERE!

 


4 DIGITAL MEDIA BRINGS
SCI-FI SURVIVAL THRILLER TO HOME AUDIENCES

"DUNE DRIFTER"

Arriving On VOD And Digital HD On Leading Digital Platforms And DVD On December 1, 2020


SYNOPSIS
During an ongoing battle for humanity, a group of rookie space fighter pilots is sent to join the battle against an armada of unbeatable enemy ships.

When the trainee pilot and her gunner are shot down, they manage to crash land on a nearby planet. With the gunner mortally wounded and her own life support only set to last two days, our pilot's only option is to fix her ship.

The sudden appearance of an enemy craft offers the answer, but as the pilot looks for parts to use on her own ship she is horrified to spot another survivor; an enemy alien soldier who has no intention of letting her escape.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:


 
PROGRAM INFORMATION

Release: Dec 1, 2020 (VOD & Digital HD On Leading Digital Platforms & DVD)
Directed By: Marc Price
Written By: Marc Price
Produced by: Michelle Parkyn
Starring: Phoebe Sparrow ("Downton Abbey"), Daisy Aitkens, Simon Dwyer
Distribution: 4Digital Media
Run Time: 101 Minutes
Rating: NR
Genre: Sci-fi
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 (2.35:1)
Audio:  2.0 Stereo, 5.1 Surround  
Language: English





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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "See That?" (video)

 


A Stooge holds up one fist to a villian and says "See that?"

Then while the villian is looking at the Stooge's fist...

...the Stooge punches the villian with his other hand.

(threestooges.net)

YOU NAZTY SPY! (1940)
DIZZY DETECTIVES (1943)

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "A Cuff-Rising" (video)

 


When the Stooges see something scary...

...their pants cuffs spring up in fear...

...with a cartoony-sounding "BOING!"

(threestooges.net)

THREE PESTS IN A MESS (1945)
IF A BODY MEETS A BODY (1945)

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Wheel Crunches Moe's Foot" (video)

 


When trying to lift a car up...

...one of the wheels drops on Moe's foot...

...and crunches it.

(threestooges.net)

PUNCH DRUNKS (1934)
PARDON MY CLUTCH (1948)

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Who's Smokin'?" (video)

 


When Moe asks Shemp if he sees a sign...

...which usually says "Applaud" or a "Help Wanted")...

...Shemp's poor reading skills lead him to respond "Who's smokin'?"

(threestooges.net)

THE TOOTH WILL OUT (1951)
THREE DARK HORSES (1952)

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