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Saturday, October 16, 2021

DCFanDome Surprised Fans Today With A "Smallville" 20th Anniversary Celebration

 


#DCFanDome surprised fans today with a #Smallville 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring a conversation with Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum.

The full conversation with even more behind the scenes stories can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/W6IyPPkoRLY


"Smallville: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition" is coming to Blu-ray for the first-time ever on October 19th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.



About Smallville The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition:

The groundbreaking, Emmy®-winning 10-season hit that redefined the origins of the world’s greatest super hero is all here – from Krypton refugee Kal-El’s arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent’s final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel. Relive a decade’s worth of thrills in fantastic adventures full of action, heart and humor in abundance, all anchored by the marvelous performance of Tom Welling at its center. Savor again the series’ thoughtful and imaginative integration and reinvention of the iconic characters of DC lore. And let your spirits be lifted up, up and away.

Starring Tom Welling as “Clark Kent,” Allison Mack as “Chloe Sullivan,” Kristin Kreuk as “Lana Lang,” Michael Rosenbaum as “Lex Luthor,” John Glover as “Lionel Luthor,” Erica Durance as “Lois Lane,” Annette O’Toole as “Martha Kent,” John Schneider as “Jonathan Kent,” Justin Hartley as “Oliver Queen,” Sam Jones III as “Pete Ross,” Cassidy Freeman as “Tess Mercer,” Aaron Ashmore as “Jimmy Olsen,” Eric Johnson as “Whitney Fordman,” Laura Vandervoort as “Kara,” Callum Blue as “Zod,” Jensen Ackles as “Jason Teague” and Sam Witwer as “Davis Bloome." 

Smallville has also featured many notable guest stars including Terence Stamp, James Marsters, Michael McKean, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Brian Austin Green, Pam Grier, Helen Slater, Michael Ironside, Julian Sands, Tori Spelling, Rutger Hauer and Christopher Reeve. 

Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Based on DC Comics characters, Smallville was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar. Its executive producers have included Michael Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, James Marshall, Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders, Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Greg Beeman, Ken Horton and Tom Welling. The series is from Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television.

Smallville: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition includes 2 DVD discs with over 28 hours of bonus features originally released on the Smallville Seasons 1-10 DVD sets.  



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Friday, October 15, 2021

"THE INVISIBLE MAN" and "THE WOLF MAN" Double Feature Coming to Cinemas Halloween Weekend! See Event Trailer HERE!

 


Fathom Events Presents

"THE INVISIBLE MAN" and "THE WOLF MAN" Double Feature Event

Celebrate Universal Monsters 90th Anniversary in Movie Theaters on October 30  

 


WHAT:    


In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Universal Monsters, the signature adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man starring Claude Rains, and The Wolf Man featuring a heartbreaking performance by Lon Chaney, return to big screens nationwide with the spooky The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man Double Feature.  

As part of the anniversary event, fans will be treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Universal Studios lot and see where these fan-favorite monsters made their big screen debut and became legendary.  
 
Tickets can be purchased online at www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices. 


 
WHO:   

 
Presented by Universal Studios and Fathom Events.  


 
WHEN:  

 
Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. (local time). 


 
WHERE:

   
A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).


WATCH THE EVENT TRAILER:




MORE:   


H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” stars Claude Rains as a mysterious scientist who discovers a serum that makes him invisible. Covered by bandages and dark glasses, the scientist arrives at a small English village and attempts to hide his amazing discovery. He soon realizes, however, that the same drug which renders him invisible is slowly driving him insane and capable of committing unspeakable acts of terror. Directed by James Whale, the horror classic features groundbreaking special effects by John P. Fulton that inspired many of the techniques that are still used today.  

 
"Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright." In 1941, “The Wolf Man” introduced the world to a new Universal movie monster, and the mythology of the werewolf was redefined forever.

Featuring Lon Chaney Jr. and groundbreaking make-up by Jack Pierce, this story of a cursed man who transforms into a deadly werewolf when the moon is full has not only become a masterpiece of the horror genre but of all time. 



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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Daily Wire Fast-Tracks New Gina Carano Western Thriller "TERROR ON THE PRAIRIE"

 


The Daily Wire Fast-Tracks New Western Thriller Starring Gina Carano

‘Terror on the Prairie’ will be released in the spring of 2022

  

NASHVILLE – October 12, 2021 – The Daily Wire announced today it has updated its 2021-22 production schedule as part of the company’s expanding slate of feature films. Originally, The Daily Wire planned to release White Knuckle in the first quarter of next year; however, the conservative media company has decided to reschedule the action film’s release and fast-track production on a new western thriller, Terror on the Prairie, starring and produced by former Disney Mandalorian actress Gina Carano.

“With the precariousness of the current Hollywood landscape and the remarkable overreach by its ruling class, we made the tough, but prudent choice to ride further out into the wild west to make movies on our own terms. The Daily Wire has given Gina and our team all the support any producers could ask for. Now, we must go make them proud by producing something that is truly great,” said producer Dallas Sonnier (Bone Tomahawk and Run Hide Fight).

Directed by Michael Polish (Northfork and The Astronaut Farmer), Terror on the Prairie features a pioneering family that fights back against a gang of vicious outlaws that is terrorizing them on their newly built farm in the great plains of Montana. Terror on the Prairie will be released in the spring of 2022 and will be available for streaming on DailyWire.com exclusively to Daily Wire members.

 


(L-R) Gina Carano, Cowboy Cerrone and Nick Searcy - AP; Mega
 

“Returning to my home state of Montana to direct a western for Dallas and Amanda, a rare of breed of producers who I truly respect, had tremendous appeal,” said Polish.

Co-starring in the film alongside Carano are Nick Searcy (The Shape of Water and Justified); MMA star Cowboy Cerrone; stand-up comedian Tyler Fischer; Heath Freeman (Skateland); Samaire Armstrong (The O.C.); Travis Mills (Counting Bullets); Matthias Hues (I Come in Peace); Rhys Becker; Izzy Marshall, Jeremy Gauna; and Thomas White Eagle.

Sonnier is producing Terror on the Prairie along with Amanda Presmyk under their banner Bonfire Legend. This is The Daily Wire’s third collaboration with Bonfire. Terror on the Prairie was written by newcomer Josiah Nelson and cast by David Guglielmo (The Standoff at Sparrow Creek).

Nelson was originally a client of Sonnier’s former management firm Caliber Media a decade ago, and the two reconnected at just the right time. Nelson sent the Terror script to Sonnier and Carano just days before they enthusiastically greenlit the movie with The Daily Wire’s co-CEO Jeremy Boreing.

Boreing, along with his Daily Wire co-founders Ben Shapiro and Caleb Robinson will executive produce, alongside Nicolas Chartier and Jonathan Deckter of Los Angeles-based Voltage Pictures, who will also handle foreign sales of the film. Mills and Danielle Cox also executive produce.

Earlier this year, The Daily Wire announced its foray into entertainment with the acquisition of Kyle Rankin’s Run Hide Fight from Bonfire Legend. The action-packed hit drew 300,000 viewers during its live premiere in January.   

Additional details about Terror on the Prairie will be shared in the coming weeks.

Carano is repped by manager Scott Karp and attorney Eric Galen. Polish is repped by APA, Management Production Entertainment, and attorney Alex Kohner. Searcy is repped by APA and LINK Entertainment. Cerrone is repped by Gersh. Freeman is repped by Rafterman Media. Hues is repped by Atomik Content. Becker is repped by Ivy Artists Management. Marshall is repped by 111 Media.

 

ABOUT THE DAILY WIRE

Co-founded by Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest growing conservative media companies for breaking news, investigative reporting, podcasts, in-depth analysis, and entertainment for a reason: because we believe in what we do. We believe in our country, in the value of truth and the freedom to speak it, and in the right to challenge tyranny wherever we see it.



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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Gothic Thriller "WHITETAIL" Comes Home October 19th

 


MUSCULAR PUPPY ANNOUNCES THEATRICAL RELEASE OF

SOUTHERN GOTHIC HORROR ‘WHITETAIL’

Marks The First Theatrical Feature Release For The Texas Based Production Company, Trinity Creative Partnership Takes Ancillary Rights

“A sinister and multi-layered parable” - The Movie Blog
“An intense and violent thriller” - Matt's Movie Reviews
“Raw as nature can be” - Ganiveta Magazine 

 

(LOS ANGELES) –Muscular Puppy, the independent film company based out of Fort Worth, Texas will distribute their feature film WHITETAIL, a southern gothic horror. 

The film will premiere theatrically at the famous Texas Theatre in Dallas on July 2, 2021 followed by a limited run in select theaters.


WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:

 



WHITETAIL follows the broken family of Donnie Mann, his father and uncle as they embark on a weekend hunting trip. Donnie’s mother has recently died of an overdose and the trio hope to get away to spend some time in nature and clear their heads. 

Instead, they find a mysterious man shot in the stomach and clutching onto a backpack full of money.

A southern gothic thriller with flaring tempers and warped relationships, the story takes place over one day and one night in the brush land of West Texas.

The film is written and directed by Muscular Puppy Partner, Derek Presley (Red Stone, Boon) and co-produced by Alfa Whiskey Entertainment. 

 


WHITETAIL stars rising talent Dash Melrose (Ida Red, Run With The Hunted, Red Stone), Tom Zembrod (Ouija 3, From the Dark), Paul T. Taylor (Hellraiser: Judgement, Sin City), Jason Coviello(“Deputy,” “Roswell, New Mexico”), Billy Blair (Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Jason Douglas (“Preacher,” “Walking Dead”) and Ted Ferguson (Logan, “Preacher”).  

Trinity Creative Partnership has acquired ancillary rights of the feature for the UK, Turkey and North America, set to be released on Digital, VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray this fall. The deal was brokered by Alan Green of OneTwoThreeMedia on behalf of Muscular Puppy and Trinity Creative Partnerships. 



FILM INFORMATION 

Release Date: October 19, 2021 (Digital, VOD and DVD)
Written/Directed By: Derek Presley
Produced By: Bart Collins, Garrett Schwindt, Jason Starne, Jorg Viktor Steins-Lauss, Austin Williams
Starring: Dash Melrose (Ida Red, Lost Kings), Tom Zembrod (From The Dark, Knucklebones), Paul Taylor (Hellraiser: Judgement, Sin City), Jason Coviello (Roswell, New Mexico, In Plain Sight), Billy Blair (Alita: Battle Angel, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For), Jason Douglas (The Walking Dead, Cruel Summer), Ted Ferguson (Doom Patrol, Preacher)
Distributor: Reel 2 Reel Films
Production Company: Alfa Whiskey Entertainment
Genre: Southern Gothic Thriller
Rating: N/A
Language: English
Runtime: 123 minutes

Synopsis: Whitetail follows a broken family consisting of a father, an uncle and the son as they embark on a weekend hunting trip out in West Texas. The mother has recently died of an overdose and the trio hope to get away from it all by being out in nature and hunting. Instead they find a mysterious man shot in the stomach and clutching onto a backpack full of money. This film is a southern gothic thriller, drama and survival film. All taking place over one day and one night in the brush land of Texas. 



For more information about WHITETAIL:

IMDB
OFFICIAL HASHTAG: #WhiteTailFilm



ABOUT MUSCULAR PUPPY

Muscular Puppy is an independent film company based in Fort Worth, Texas. Founded by Texas natives and partners Jason Starne, Alex Blackmon, Derek Presley, and Garrett Schwindt, the company focuses primarily on production and development. Recent projects include the thriller Red Stone, starring Neal McDonough, as well the film’s “spiritual sequel”, Boon, starring Neal McDonough and Christiane Seidel. Boon also stars Demetrius Grosse, Jason Scott Lee, Tommy Flanagan, Christina Ochoa, Jake Melrose, John Patrick Jordan, James Madio, Pat Monahan and Gabrielle Carteris. WHITETAIL is the first of three featurefilms to be released this fall.


ABOUT TRINITY CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP

Trinity Creative Partnership is a leading, independent Film, Documentary and TV series sales and distribution business. TCP works across all physical (DVD & Blu-ray), digital, SVOD and TVplatforms worldwide. They represent numerous UK and international Producers, Independent Distributors and Sales Agents. Trinity works with its clients to help them develop and distribute new content each year, as well as enabling them to exploit their libraries containing thousands of hours of material.The Trinity team has managed the acquisition, production and release of thousands of titles around the world for over 20 years.



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Monday, October 11, 2021

An Indie Film Crew Fights to the Death in "NIGHTSHOOTERS", Coming to VOD November 2nd

 


Gritty Filmmaking Becomes a Fight to the Death in "Nightshooters"

An Indie Film Crew Clashes with a Murderous Gang

Available Digital HD and Cable VOD November 2nd Across North America from Indiecan Entertainment

"A hilarious and heartfelt riff on Judgment Night that comes loaded with crazy great fight action" -- Film School Rejects

"A winning hybrid of action, horror, martial arts and comedy" -- Backseat Mafia

"a pleasant surprise with plenty of brutal action and dark humour" -- The Action Elite



Toronto, ON - Following a successful run on the global film festival circuit, Indiecan Entertainment has announced the VOD release of Marc Price's Nightshooters.  The British black comedy action film will be available in North America on a number of digital and cable platforms beginning November 2nd.

Nightshooters combines a fun gangster film, a solid comedy, and a knowing take on the world of film production. The film is anchored by a first-class cast: celebrated stuntman Jean-Paul Ly (Jailbreak, F9: The Fast Saga, Doctor Strange) headlines as indie stuntman Donnie. The cast is rounded out by Doug Allen ("Band of Brothers", "Law & Order", "The Royals"), BAFTA award winner Nicolas Aaron (Touching the Void, "Outlander"), Rosanna Hoult (The Lobster, Captain America: The First Avenger, Kill Your Friends, Adulthood), Wendy Glenn (You’re Next, "The L Word") and Philip Barantini ("Band of Brothers", Ned Kelly).

 


Nightshooters had its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London, kicking off a global screening tour. The action comedy was nominated for Best UK Feature at Raindance, featured in the Top Ten Audience awards at Leeds International Film Festival and won the Best Action Film Award at Michigan's Thriller Chiller.

Nightshooters was produced by Michelle Parkyn and Marc Price directed from his own script.

Nightshooters is the story of a group of filmmakers illegally shooting a low budget film in an abandoned office building slated for demolition. When they inadvertently witness and film a gangland execution in the opposite building, they have to use all their skills and wits to survive the night whilst being relentlessly pursued by the gang who are hellbent on not leaving any witness alive.

Nightshooters: 100 minutes / UK / English 

 

WATCH THE OFFICIAL GREENBAND TRAILER:

 



WATCH THE OFFICIAL REDBAND TRAILER:

 




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Thursday, October 7, 2021

"THE FLOOD" Release Date Announcement & Official Trailer

 


OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT


"THE FLOOD"


Arrives on DVD, VOD and Digital Platforms This November

 

When a woman's husband, daughter, land and innocence are ripped from her, she embarks on a brutal journey of retribution and revenge.


WATCH TRAILER:




Release Date: November 2, 2021 (Digital, VOD & DVD)
Written/Directed By: Victoria Wharfe McIntyre
Produced By: Victoria Wharfe McIntyre, Amadeo Marquez-Perez
Starring: Alexis Lane, Shaka Cook, Dean Kyrwood, Dalara Williams
Distributor: 4Digital Media
Production Company: Wagtail Films
Genre: Western Action
Rating: N/A
Language: English
Runtime: 117 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo
Bonus Features: Audio Commentary with Director and Producer, Behind The Scenes




SYNOPSIS:
Set during WWII this is the story of Jarah’s coming-of-age in a brutal and lawless land – growing from a sweet child to a strong, independent and ferocious woman taking on Australia’s corrupt and bigoted system one bad guy at a time. In the best tradition of the gunslinging outlaw, when the enigmatic Jarah is pushed to the limit she explodes in a fury of retribution. But for a revenge western there is a surprising series of twists and turns that lead us closer to redemption and reconciliation.

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For more information about THE FLOOD:
IMDB



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FANDOR: Premiere Streaming Service For Cinephiles Launches New Look And Viewer Experience

 


Cinedigm Raises the Curtain on the New Fandor

Premiere Streaming Destination for Cinephiles Prepares to Launch New Look, New Exclusive Premieres and a New Viewer Experience



LOS ANGELES, CA / Oct. 5, 2021 / Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM), the leading independent streaming entertainment company super-serving enthusiast fan bases, announced today the evolution of its pioneering streaming service Fandor, named the “Netflix for Indie Film” by The Wall Street Journal, has begun.

The new-look Fandor will come with a wider footprint and with hundreds of new acquisitions from an array of rights holders and film distributors. Subscribers will have access to over 1,000 hours of independent titles, including exclusive acquisitions from international film festivals and acclaimed titles from existing partners and key providers. The updated platform features a brand-new design and an intuitive user-experience, with a continuous refresh of independent titles each month—all designed to create the ultimate celebration of Cinephile culture.

“With over a decade of experience in streaming independent cinema, we are proud to bring new life to a service so dedicated to independent filmmakers and the incredible films they create,” said Phil Hopkins, president of Fandor. “We are confident audiences will enjoy the thousands of hours of exceptional films we have carefully curated, ranging from arthouse, to grindhouse, film noir, blaxploitation, comedy, drama, LGBTQ+, J-Horror and everything in between. With the relaunch of Fandor, the message to cinephiles is 'films' not 'content.’”  

Originally launched at South by Southwest® in 2011, Fandor served as a pioneer in the elevation of independent film, both through its industry-leading independent streaming platform as well as through written and video editorial pieces.

Tapping into the $4.8 billion-dollar global market for independent film, the updated Fandor platform leverages Cinedigm’s innovative Matchpoint technology. This allows the service to easily and quickly deliver film and episodic titles through the industry-leading delivery system, providing the opportunity to significantly scale its offerings on the updated service.

Launching alongside the Fandor service will be Keyframe, Fandor’s digital editorial publication dedicated to the written and video exploration of independent cinema. Composed of articles, interviews, reviews, and video essays, the return of Keyframe serves as a highly anticipated community for filmmakers, writers, and film enthusiasts. Keyframe will represent one of many key initiatives by Fandor to dramatically increase its volume of original offerings. This includes editorial deep dives and tributes, such as a recent celebration of the work of director Werner Herzog, as well as monthly hand-picked featured playlists available on the Fandor service.

New to Fandor’s offerings on Keyframe is the Fandor Festival Podcast, exploring the best of independent film festivals, hosted by former Fandor executive Chris Kelly and seasoned morning radio personality Hooman Khalili, and featuring producer Bryn Nguyen. Guests include filmmakers, film festival founders, and industry leaders with engaging insights on festival films, available on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and Simplecast.

“The last five years have seen accelerated access to content across the streaming spectrum. Yet even with all these choices, much of independent cinema has been left behind and Cinephiles often have difficulty finding films of interest on massive streaming platforms,” said Erick Opeka, President & Chief Strategy Officer of Cinedigm. “Fandor has been a pioneer in this space and offers a haven for Cinephiles looking for deep and meaningful titles that made them fall in love with films in the first place. Cinedigm’s commitment to independent film has never been stronger and, as the Company grows into a global brand, that dedication has caught the attention of filmmakers around the world.”

The streaming channels will be refreshed monthly with content from Cinedigm’s extensive library. The Company will also continue to aggressively acquire new original content to ensure its position as one of the leading digital and streaming destinations for Indie enthusiasts. Fandor will premiere several of Cinedigm’s highly anticipated releases this fall, including the ensemble comedy Distancing Socially, which features an all-star cast led by Alan Tudyk (Resident Alien) and Sarah Levy (Schitt’s Creek); Our Father, the acclaimed 2021 SXSW Grand Jury Award nominee about two estranged sisters on a quest to find their uncle; and the daring psychological thriller Into Schrodinger’s Box, about a woman struggling with the loneliness and isolation of quarantine.

The reimagined Fandor streaming service marks the latest in a series of strategic expansions by the Company in recent months. The Company reports continued success on the Fandor Amazon Prime Channel and has sponsored or participated in recent events including South by Southwest® 2021, the North Fork TV Festival, and Festival de Cannes 2021, with plans for additional sponsorships in the coming months. The Company has also announced plans to scale the service’s availability across multiple devices, including offering a Fandor FAST channel encompassing all interests for the avid Cinephile, to be available across global OTT streaming platforms.

The Fandor streaming service will be available on iOS and Android mobile devices, web, and Roku, with ad-free access to the entire Fandor library for $4.99/month or $49.99/year. Free, ad-supported access to select titles from the Fandor library will also be available at launch and new platforms will roll out over the rest of the year.

An innovator in the digital transformation of the entertainment industry for more than two decades, Cinedigm’s core mission is to entertain the world by building the world’s best portfolio of enthusiast channels and services for the streaming generation. Through a diverse mix of premium SVOD services and dedicated AVOD and FAST channels, Cinedigm’s streaming portfolio reaches indie film (Fandor), horror (Screambox & Bloody Disgusting) and family entertainment (Dove Channel), as well as dedicated channels for iconic entertainers, led by Bob Ross (The Bob Ross Channel) and soon Elvis Presley (The Elvis Presley Channel). Cinedigm’s ultimate goal is to build destinations that immerse viewers in films they love while staying at the forefront of technology as the streaming industry continues to evolve.

For more information, visit https://www.fandor.com/.

 

ABOUT CINEDIGM

For more than twenty years, Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM) has led the digital transformation of the entertainment industry. Today, Cinedigm entertains hundreds of millions of consumers around the globe by providing premium content, streaming channels and technology services to the world's largest media, technology and retail companies. For more information, visit http://www.cinedigm.com/.

Cinedigm uses, and will continue to use, its website, press releases, SEC filings, and various social media channels, including Twitter (https://twitter.com/cinedigm), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/cinedigm/), Facebook (facebook.com/Cinedigm), StockTwits (https://stocktwits.com/CinedigmCorp) and the Company website (www.cinedigm.com) as additional means of disclosing public information to investors, the media and others interested in the Company. It is possible that certain information that the Company posts on its website, disseminated in press releases, SEC filings, and on social media could be deemed to be material information, and the Company encourages investors, the media and others interested in the Company to review the business and financial information that the Company posts on its website, disseminates in press releases, SEC filings and on the social media channels identified above, as such information could be deemed to be material information.


ABOUT FANDOR

Fandor streams thousands of handpicked, award-winning movies from around the world. With dozens of genres that include Hollywood classics, undiscovered gems, and the latest festival favorites, Fandor provides curated entertainment and original editorial offerings on desktop, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Prime, and throughout social media. 



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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

"SUSPIRIA" (1977) Never-Before-Seen Alternate Ending (video)

 


Dario Argento's original horror classic...

...left viewers aghast in 1977.

But nobody would've been ready for this alternate ending.



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



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Joe Bob Reviews "NIGHT OF THE ANIMATED DEAD", New Animated Version Of The George Romero Classic

 


Animating the Reanimated Turns Up Dead
By Joe Bob Briggs

 

NEW YORK—Well, it sounded like a cute idea.

I heard that somebody put together an animated version of George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead.

This had to be an obsessed fan in Youngstown doing stop-motion in his attic, right?

Or maybe it was a low-level inker at Marvel who went home every night to her walk-up apartment in Queens and painstakingly drew digital versions of Barbara, Ben, Johnny, Harry Cooper and the rest of the cast, saving the zombies for last because they would be the most fun.

Maybe it was a “reimagining” of the story originally written by John Russo for Romero. Something like Tom Savini did with his 1990 remake—lovingly faithful to the characters, but with unique twists that catch us off guard.

Whatever it was, it had to be a passion project, right? Nobody puts that much time and effort into a homage unless they worship the film and worship Romero.

Wrong.

Backed by big-studio money, directed by an acclaimed animator who does million-dollar commercials, staffed with A-list voice talent including Katharine Isabelle of Ginger Snaps fame, with so many people working on it that the credits go on for seven minutes, Night of the Animated Dead has the soul of Saran Wrap on a three-day-old cookie. It’s basically a paint-by-numbers Xerox that added color to the identical shots in the original movie—including all kinds of massive blood spewing whenever a zombie gets wasted—but forgot to add color to the story itself.

 



Jason Axinn, the director, had a highly praised first feature called To Your Last Death two years ago at London’s Frightfest, but that film was noted more for its blood-soaked gore than its emotional impact. The same is true here. In Night of the Animated Dead, Romero’s characters become specimens instead of the flawed but sympathetic victims of the original. This is especially true in the case of the Harry Cooper character. Karl Hardman played it straight down the middle in 1968 so that you were able to see that his hard-headedness derived from his desire to protect his wife and daughter. As voiced by Josh Duhamel in the animated version, he’s just a selfish prick. (It’s not Duhamel’s fault. It’s drawn and written that way. Cooper’s face is feckless and sinister.) The Barbara character, too, becomes one-dimensional as she just babbles incoherently or stares straight ahead in a catatonic state, so you don’t get the Judith O’Dea tenderness. (Barbara is voiced by Katharine Isabelle, but again, it’s not her fault that the animation gives her nowhere to go.)

The reason for the lack of character depth seems to derive from the choice of animation style. The characters move in that herky-jerky mode characteristic of shorts normally seen at the Festival of East European Animation with titles like Reflection or Random Labyrinth or Hedgehog in Caligari’s Court. In other words, they don’t bother to sculpt the bodies so that we start to feel they are more than just symbols of people. We’ve already seen the real people in the real movie, so it seems like this would just be basic, but we have far too many moments of Ben being a cardboard bad-ass (voiced by Dule Hill), Harry being a cardboard coward, and Tom and Judy being a pair of cardboard lovebirds making bad decisions.

Far from being a fan-based love letter to the zombie classic, Night of the Animated Dead seems to be created by a bunch of suits in a conference room.

  

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

 


AND SEE JOE BOB IN PERSON AT THESE EVENTS!

 
* 10/9 How Rednecks Saved Hollywood, Columbus, OH. Tickets
* 10/22-10/24 Monster-Mania, Oaks, PA. Tickets
* 10/30 Scarefaire, Victorville, CA. Tickets
*11/13 How Rednecks Saved Hollywood, Atlanta, GA. Tickets
* 11/19-11/21 Preserve Halloween Festival, Irving, TX. Tickets

 



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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Is It Just Me, Or Is This Weirdly Suggestive? ("Undersea Kingdom" Serial, 1936) (video)

 


I'm no expert, and stop me if I'm wrong...

...but I think this scene from "Undersea Kingdom", a 1936 serial...

...exhibits what might be called a "weirdly suggestive" undertone.


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



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Monday, October 4, 2021

Joe Bob's "HALLOWEEN HOEDOWN" Airs Friday 10/08/21 On Shudder

 


Joe Bob's Halloween Hoedown

Friday, October 8
Only on Shudder
9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific


Continuing my annual tradition of ruining the Halloween season and making everyone say “Joe Bob, what you’re doing here has nothing to do with Halloween!”, I will be hosting a double feature about unconventional serial killers called HALLOWEEN HOEDOWN next Friday October 8th, but to cover myself I have two rarely-interviewed guests who pretty much own the holiday: David Gordon Green, director of HALLOWEEN 2018 and the upcoming HALLOWEEN KILLS, and Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse, Hollywood’s modern house of movie horror. There’s also a special mystery guest who will rock us into the Halloween spirit, no matter how many factual blunders I make.

And one more thing: yes, I will wear the taco. I will not, however, wear the matching sombrero, because someone thinks it’s culturally inappropriate.


▪     Both films will be on Shudder TV live stream in the US and Canada on 10/8, then on demand 10/10
▪     10/8 livestream not available via Amazon Prime or AMC+; will go on demand on both 10/10




AND SEE JOE BOB IN PERSON AT THESE EVENTS!


* 10/9 How Rednecks Saved Hollywood, Columbus, OH. Tickets
* 10/22-10/24 Monster-Mania, Oaks, PA. Tickets
* 10/30 Scarefaire, Victorville, CA. Tickets
*11/13 How Rednecks Saved Hollywood, Atlanta, GA. Tickets
* 11/19-11/21 Preserve Halloween Festival, Irving, TX. Tickets



©2021 Joe Bob Briggs | NY, NY



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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Better Noise Films' Acclaimed Gorefest "THE RETALIATORS" To Open LA's Screamfest Horror Film Festival

 


"The Retaliators" Makes North American Premiere As Opening Night of Screamfest Horror Film Festival

Crowd Pleasing Game of Revenge Stars Michael Lombardi, Marc Menchaca, Joseph Gatt, & Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix

Earned Rave Reviews at Arrow Video FrightFest

"a daring and unforgettable viewing experience" -- Dread Central

"The Retaliators is a relentlessly violent horror that shines through the final act." -- Movie Reviews 101



Los Angeles, CA - Better Noise Films (The Dirt, Sno Babies) have announced the North American premiere of their latest production, The Retaliators, at LA's Screamfest Horror Film Festival. The rock and roll gorefest follows a broken pastor as unimaginable grief leads him to depths of depravity he never imagined. The Retaliators will screen as the Opening Night Film at Screamfest on October 12th.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER:

 

 

Michael Lombardi ("Rescue Me"), Marc Menchaca ("Ozark"), and Joseph Gatt ("Game of Thrones") headline the cast alongside Jacoby Shaddix, front man of Papa Roach, making his acting debut. The Retaliators features cameos and music by Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, The Hu, Ice Nine Kills, Escape The Fate and many more, anchored by an original score from Emmy-winning composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein ("Stranger Things").

The Retaliators made its world premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest in London to packed audiences, earning rave reviews. The Hollywood News advised "If you like your films dirty, demented, and dangerous then you should definitely take this one for a spin. A brutal and vivid punch to the gut, The Retaliators is a rock song birthed onto screen and is sure to be a hit with fans of music and horror alike." 

 



Backseat Mafia promised "The Retaliators grows to be a blunt, bloody and brutally bombastic slice of genre cinema which is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser." Horror Fuel called The Retaliators a treat for fans of blood and guts, saying "Power plays, power tools, and power chords abound in this gore-fueled exploitation shocker that serves up a fair amount of surprises."


Info on Screamfest

Film Details & Tickets


The Retaliators at Screamfest:

October 12, 2021 8:00 pm
TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

 

An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter's brutal murder. A high-octane original soundtrack and cameos from some of the biggest names in rock music set the tone as this horror-thriller reveals a game of revenge played using a new set of rules.

The Retaliators: 97 minutes / USA / Color 



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Friday, October 1, 2021

MGM To Release SYLVESTER STALLONE’S “ROCKY V. DRAGO: THE ULTIMATE DIRECTOR’S CUT” In Theatres Nationwide For One Night Only Nov. 11 -- Watch Trailer HERE!

 


MGM TO RELEASE SYLVESTER STALLONE’S ‘ROCKY V. DRAGO: THE ULTIMATE DIRECTOR’S CUT’ IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY NOVEMBER 11th
 
Exclusive Engagement in Partnership with Fathom Events Features 40 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Footage and a Special Live Q&A with Sylvester Stallone
 
PURCHASE TICKETS

 

Los Angeles, CA, September 30, 2021 – The most triumphant sports-drama franchise in history returns to select theaters nationwide for a one night only exclusive engagement on November 11th with Sylvester Stallone’s ROCKY V. DRAGO: THE ULTIMATE DIRECTOR’S CUT. After more than 35 years, director, writer and star Sylvester Stallone masterfully reshapes ROCKY IV, delivering 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage. 

 

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The fight scenes are more intense, the music is more powerful and the drama is heightened as world heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Stallone) must defend his title once again, this time against his most formidable opponent: Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
 
In celebration of the new film, MGM is teaming up with Fathom Events for nationwide screenings, offering fans a chance to be among the first to see this all-new version of Stallone’s classic 1985 film. Additionally, an exclusive Q&A with Stallone will be broadcast live in select movie theaters nationwide, and audiences will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the recut film.


  

 
Tickets for ROCKY V. DRAGO: THE ULTIMATE DIRECTOR’S CUT can be purchased online at www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices today. A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
 
When it was first released in 1985, ROCKY IV became the highest grossing of all the Rocky films, as well as the highest-grossing sports-drama in cinema for nearly a quarter-century. From writer, director and star Sylvester Stallone, ROCKY IV also features Brigitte Nielsen, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Pataki, Robert Doornick, Stu Nahan, Talia Shire and Tony Burton. Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff produced the original film, with Arthur Chobanian and James D. Brubaker serving as executive producers.

 


About Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco, and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms, interactive ventures, and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
 
About Fathom Events
Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal Cinemas, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L)., Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all of the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com



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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Roy Rogers "MACKINTOSH AND T.J./UNDER WESTERN STARS" 4K Restoration and Remastered Collector’s Blu-Ray Box Set

 


Verdugo Entertainment Celebrates Roy Rogers’ Career With Release of 4K Restoration and Remastered Collector’s Blu-Ray Box Set

Showcasing “The King of Cowboys” first and last starring roles, the Holiday 2021 Box Set includes the fully remastered 1938 classic Under Western Stars and 4K Restoration of the
1975 western Mackintosh and T.J.

Available on November 23rd


Burbank, CA, September 28, 2021 – Just in time for the 2021 holiday season, Verdugo Entertainment launches a collectors Blu-ray Box Set featuring “King of the Cowboys” Roy Rogers’ first and final starring role films. The box set, which bookends Rogers’ career, includes the newly remastered 1938 film Under Western Stars, and the newly restored 4K version of the 1975 modern western classic Mackintosh and T.J.  
 
The perfect gift for classic collectors and western movie fans, the Blu-ray box set, which includes special bonus features for each title, will be available through Amazon.com (North America) and Walmart.com on Friday, November 26, 2021. (suggested retail price: $40.00/distributed by Verdugo Entertainment).




Under Western Stars | 4K Remaster
 
Official trailer:  https://vimeo.com/592498127/f8a6e14c85

Originally intended for Gene Autry, Under Western Stars was the first starring role for Roy Rogers (previously Leonard Slye) at Republic Pictures and launched his legendary career. When severe drought and the greedy exploits of a local water company threaten the prosperity of ranchers in the Dust Bowl, Roy Rogers comes to the rescue. Selected for the National Film Registry in 2019, Under Western Stars, which also stars Smiley Burnett, Carol Hughes and Maple City Four, is presented newly remastered from a print that was made for the film’s director Joe Kane and thought to be the only complete, uncut 16mm print still in existence.
 
Bonus Features:

    Exploring the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA (Lone Pine Location Documentary)
    New Trailer for Under Western Stars
    Mackintosh and T.J. original 1976 Theatrical Trailer


 
The film's song "Dust,” written by Johnny Marvin, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1938 and was performed by Rogers at the live ceremony. In 2009, Under Western Stars was selected for the National Film Registry Award by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant.
 
“Under Western Stars isn’t just a classic western, it is the film that launched one of the most famous names, and voices, in western film history,” said Steve Latshaw, Post Producer, Verdugo Entertainment. “Doing this film justice meant creating a newly remastered version in today’s formats while staying as close to the original studio’s in-house style as possible both from a visual and audio perspective. We believe we have achieved that.”  

The newly remastered Under Western Stars will premiere at the Lone Pine Film Festival on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 2:30 pm PST. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Verdugo Post Producer, Steve Latshaw, and will feature Roger’s daughter Cheryl Rogers-Barnett along with film notable restoration and preservation experts. The panel will provide a real behind the curtain view of preserving Under Western Stars, other films like it and the growing challenges faced as films age and formats evolve.  



Mackintosh and T.J. | 4K Restoration
 

Official trailer: 


 
In his triumphant final film role, Rogers stars as Mackintosh, a migrant cowboy traveling across West Texas plains in his run-down pickup truck. While looking for work breaking horses, Mackintosh befriends T.J. (future Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Clay O’Brien), a runaway teen. The two form an unlikely bond and find jobs together at a cattle ranch where Mackintosh impresses the owner with his bronco-taming skills. Trouble, however, is on the horizon, but Mackintosh proves himself as a man who is not afraid to take a stand.
 
Bonus Features:

    Lone Pine Cast Reunion with Clay O’Brien, Andrew Robinson and Larry Mahan
    Interview with Billy Green Bush
    Audio Commentary with Clay O’Brien, Andrew Robinson, and moderator C. Courtney Joyner
    Original On-set Footage

 

Screenwriter Paul Savage, most known for his TV work in Wagon Train, Big Valley, and Gunsmoke, penned the film specifically with Rogers in mind and is one of the few films in which the actor did not play himself.
 
The film is essentially a moving photo album of ranch life in Texas in the mid-1970s,” said Sean Lawrence, Restoration Colorist. “Our approach was to try and be as true to the original intention and not impose modern aesthetics. So, we restored to 4K from the original 35MM camera negative and went through a color correction process to match the original film.”
 

 

 
Mackintosh and TJ’s original score is by Waylon Jennings and the soundtrack features songs by Jennings and country music icon Willie Nelson.
 
Verdugo Entertainment launched the single 4k restoration of the title on Blue-ray, DVD and streaming platforms Amazon Prime, Vudu, You Tube and Google Play in May 2021.  


 
About Verdugo Entertainment

Verdugo Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment distribution company dedicated to rediscovering, restoring and distributing cult classic and retro films. Located in Burbank, California, the company provides complete film-distribution services and the highest level of technical quality in restoration so that each film is presented in its intended brilliance – bringing today’s fans closer than ever to the original experience.  Verdugo films are made widely available through streaming services, VOD, OTT, Broadcast, on VHS collectors sets, on DVD and Blu-ray, and can be seen at outdoor screenings, cinemas and festivals across the U.S. and Canada.   
 
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Friday, September 24, 2021

LAND OF THE PHARAOHS -- Movie Review by Porfle

 


Currently watching: LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (1955), a staggeringly epic film by Howard Hawks. 

While not Biblically inspired, this breathtaking cinematic fever dream of ancient Egypt rivals the greatest works of Cecil B. DeMille in sheer spectacle, with huge sets and the proverbial cast of thousands.

It's the sort of thing that's mostly left to CGI effects whizzes these days, and the fact that it's all real--even the magic of matte paintings and other photographic effects of the time is sparse--makes the grandeur on display throughout the film even more impressive.



The story is simple yet compelling. Jack Hawkins plays the Pharaoh as one who believes himself a living god, and the thought of his tomb being raided of his precious store of treasures after his death prompts him to hire the greatest architect available to design for him a theft-proof tomb, nestled inside the largest pyramid ever built, which will take many years and hordes of slaves to complete.

The architect is himself a slave, but he persuades Pharaoh to release his people if the theft-proof tomb is a success. Meanwhile, Joan Collins (at her most gorgeous) plays a would-be queen whose avarice rivals Pharaoh's, and she conspires to have him entombed as soon as possible so that she may claim both the throne and the treasure. 


 

 
How director Howard Hawks manages to make all this so compelling is a wonder to behold. The film is not only visually intoxicating but exceedingly literate (with William Faulkner among the screenwriters) and well acted.

Hawks stages it all to perfection, and seems to thrive on this sort of spectacle even without his trademark rapid-fire overlapping dialogue and touches of lighthearted humor.

While stately and exquisitely dry, the script also leaves Hawks plenty of room for the sort of gaudy visual and thematic indulgence which is the very stuff of the most satisfyingly over-the-top cult classics. This helps him keep things effortlessly involving for the film's entire running time, all the way up to the not-so-surprising yet still rewarding twist ending.



 
I'd heard about this film's cult popularity over the years--people who saw it as kids seem to have retained their fondness for it--but never suspected that I myself would find it so richly entertaining and rewatchable.

Still, it does lack a key element of DeMille's spectacles in that there's no core of religious faith, no ultimate catharsis of the spirit to send us off at the end with that soulful glow. LAND OF THE PHARAOHS does have a satisfying ending, but it's a rather hollow one.

 

(Thanks to William De Lay for the DVD)



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"LOURDES" Stunningly Beautiful Doc Follows Pilgrims Seeking Healing At World Famous Site On DVD 9/28

 


Icarus Films

"LOURDES"

A film by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai
From Distrib Films • An Icarus Films Release

On to DVD  September 28th



Lourdes: A stunningly beautiful mountainous village in the Southwest foothills of the Pyrenees went from a sleepy scenic town to a sacred wonder after 1858, when a 14-year-old peasant girl claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a remote grotto. Today, the town is second only to Paris in the number of annual visitors (6 million), part venerated shrine, part Disneyland (shops selling bottled holy water and Virgin Mary-related tchotchkes). 



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Vast processions of people seeking a miracle fuel a small army of caregivers who accompany them. These pilgrims are a surprising cross-section of humanity: accident victims, the terminally ill, an overweight and bullied teenager, a contingent of aging Paris prostitutes, et alia. LOURDES is an insightful meditation on the human capacity for empathy and hope and the mystery of religious faith in the face of profound tribulation.



 

LOURDES
A film by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai
From Distrib Films • An Icarus Films Release
2019 • France • 92 min • Color • In French with English Subtitles SRP: $26.98 • UPC # 8-54565-00367-5



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After Boffo UK Reception, Local Buffalo Filmmaker's "LAGUNA AVE." Crosses the Pond To US Premiere and Party at BIFF

 


AFTER BOFFO UK RECEPTION, DAVID BUCHANAN’S "LAGUNA AVE." CROSSES THE POND TO US PREMIERE AND PARTY AT BIFF OCTOBER 7 (PARTY OCTOBER 8), 2021


Family Affair Brings Hometown Filmmaker and Hometown Venue Operator to Historic Theatre and Legendary Tralf Music Hall. “Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Horror Comedy” Film plays in-person at North Park Theater:

https://buffalo.eventive.org/welcome

 

“Aesthetically [Laguna Ave] is impressive…recalling Lynch’s work on Eraserhead…it’s a refreshing piece of cinema that shows the potential that Buchanan and Papadeas has.” -Pip Ellwood-Hughes, Entertainment Focus

“Think of John Waters meets technology in this surreal tale of paranoia and Artificial Intelligence in Los Angeles. It’s strange, it’s funny, it’s filled with WTF moments. One for lovers of the bizarre who want their horror with a side of the darkest humour.”
-Sabina Stent, Sabina Stent

“Embrace the madness within! Laguna Ave is a demented vision of budgeted cyberpunk, paranoid frenzy and comedic surrealism. An easy highlight of this FrightFest 2021!” -Adam Symchuk, Grimoire of Horror



Buffalo, NY, September 24, 2021—LAGUNA AVE., director David Buchanan, Buffalo native producer Ali Barone and producer/writer/actor Paul Papadeas’ gender/genre-bending slacker lo-fi-sci-fi horror comedy follows one man’s mystical misadventures in and surrounding a rambling Echo Park apartment. After its’ successful screening at London’s prestigious FrightFest, LAGUNA AVE will make its U.S. premiere at the 15th annual Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) in Buffalo, New York. The film will screen in-person at Buffalo’s historic North Park Theater on Thursday 7 Oct 09:30PM EST. A post screening party for the film takes place the next day, 8 October at 9:30PM at Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202; phone 716-835-3500.

LAGUNA AVE. defies easy description. The film stars Russell Steinberg (ADVENTURELAND; DAY OUT OF DAYS; BELOW THE BELT (as “Johnny Fayva”)) as Russell, a middle-aged, burned-out TV editor with a prosthetic hand who futilely searches for work in Hollywood's brutal, exploitative underbelly. His former boss (Paul Papadeas) owes him money, his partner Rita (Stephanie Brait) is indifferent, always out of town and inaccessible, and his new downstairs neighbor Gary (Jamie Hall/James Markham Hall Jr. (NEIGHBORS)) keeps him awake at night with mysterious, disturbing noises. But everything changes one evening when Gary pays Russell a visit and introduces him to his sinister world of renegade accelerationism and a collection of outrageous, unstable but captivating fellow travelers and co-conspirators.



Russell Steinberg and James Markham Hall Jr. in LAGUNA AVE


"A film found on a trash heap after the apocalypse. That was Paul’s pitch when he sent me the script for Laguna Ave.,” Buchanan recalls. “I loved its many contradictions: cheap but ambitious, sleazy yet intellectual, funny and dark. It perfectly captures the trashy times we’re living in." The two former bandmates and Barone bootstrapped the production, drafted friends to help out, and let everyone add their own individual brand of insanity to the mix. “The production took on a life of its own, like some a self-propelled, malfunctioning cyborg bent on self-destruction."

Director DAVID BUCHANAN started making films in his local woods aged 14, and to this day is still driven by that same DIY thrill: of having a fun idea, getting a team together, and making it all happen with a budget of £20. Writer/Producer PAUL PAPADEAS has produced four features including AN INNOCENT KISS with Burt Reynolds in 2019, which premiered at the Vancouver’s Just for Laughs Film Festival and is repped by Shoreline Entertainment. Producer/production Designer ALISON BARONE, the founder and CEO of Polytime Atelier, has been a behind the scenes production director for fashion brands such as Rodarte, Libertine, Jeremy Scott and Marchesa. Ali's experience has allowed her to translate those skills into film production. LAGUNA AVE. is her first feature film.



Stephanie Brait in LAGUNA AVE


For the last 15 years, The Buffalo International Film Festival has been championing “regional, national, and international films that push the limits of independent cinema.” Established in 2006, BIFF helps support local artists and filmmakers through its workshops, seminars, fiscal sponsorships and internships. BIFF proudly celebrates the diversity of their community of Buffalo, NY, as well as amplifying the voices of filmmakers in underrepresented communities. This year, BIFF will host over 120 films from 24 countries bringing together a diverse cast of innovative storytellers and films. LAGUNA AVE. will make its U.S. premiere in the BIFF Narrative Features section of the festival.

The BIFF Screening represents a homecoming of sorts for its producer Ali Barone, who was raised in Buffalo and whose father, Tom Barone, has operated the Tralf for the past 15 years. Barone recently saved the theatre from development. The Tralf, as music and sci-fi cognoscenti know, is short for Trafalmadore, the fictional planet that has figured prominently in the writings of Kurt Vonnegut. Lo-fi sci fi and highbrow sci-fi: too close for coincidence?

"Laguna Ave. is very much a story for the present moment, dealing with artificial intelligence, post-truth paranoia, the way that technology separates us from our own bodies,” concludes Buchanan. “But it also grapples with more timeless themes such as drink, drugs, poo and dildos, so basically there’s something in there for everyone. It’s a unique film that could only have been made by this group of people, at this point in history. After the positive reception the film received in the UK, we’re looking forward to seeing how American audiences receive the film. We’re ecstatic to be at BIFF.”


House Angus Productions, LLC and Succulent Films Present: LAGUNA AVE
Genre: Comedy/Sci-Fi/Horror; Running Time: 80 minutes;
Rating: NR; Language: English
Director: David Buchanan
Writer: Paul Papadeas
Producers: Ali Barone, Paul Papadeas
Co-producer: Gordon Gee
Director of Photography: David Speck
Principal Cast:
Russell Steinberg, Jamie Hall, Stephanie Brait, Sheridan Ward, Dan Crane, Zachary Taylor, Felixe de Becker, Jane Reardon, Jeff Hilliard, Paul Papadeas, Carlos Marentes.

Web and Social
Web: https://lagunaave.com/
IMDb: www.imdb.com/title/tt10666594
Instagram: @Laguna.Ave.movie
Twitter: @Laguna.Ave.movie
Facebook: @Laguna.Ave.movie




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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Joe Bob Saves The Planet -- Elvis' Environmental Footprint?

 


Due to the efforts of pioneering environmentalist Elvis Presley, 100 percent of the objects, flooring, ceiling and walls of the Jungle Room at Graceland are recyclable



NEW YORK—People ask me all the time, “How do you do it, Joe Bob? How did you achieve that negative-27,000 environmental footprint?”

Easy. I recycle everything. I once recycled a One-Oh-Eight Freightliner dump truck with a flat-leaf spring suspension and a stand-up right-hand drive that I inherited from Chubb Fricke when he went to jail for getting drunk in San Diego and stealing a penguin from SeaWorld.

But for day-to-day recycling, I’m gonna give you the foolproof Joe Bob Briggs Guide to Loving the Earth. If you follow these 21 easy steps, you won’t just be loving the earth, you’ll be having kinky sex with the earth. Other planets will be asking you for your phone number.

First off, you’re gonna need two dozen 55-gallon whiskey barrels, the kind used for Wild Turkey, then reused for Macallan single malt, then frequently used to dispose of dead bodies.

 

 

 

We’re gonna arrange our whiskey barrels into four groups—plastic, paper, metal and glass—and then we’re gonna put a single slime bucket next to each group. The slime bucket is for stuff you can’t categorize, like egg cartons.

What the fuck do they make egg cartons out of? Somebody please tell me. It’s not paper, it’s not cardboard, it’s not plastic, it’s some kind of spongy white Frankenbucket substance that’s cranked out through a 3D printer fed with squirrel manure.

And yet, I will recycle it. Do not challenge me. I have recycled machine-gun-toting members of the Medellin cartel.

Okay, let’s start with plastic. You’re gonna take seven barrels and label them as follows:

Styrofoam Coffee Cups: We use 24 trillion of these a year, and everyone believes they can’t be recycled. We’re gonna recycle these mothers anyway. We’re gonna smush em down into that barrel, tens of thousands of Styrofoam coffee cups in a single barrel, until that foam polystyrene becomes rigid polystyrene. They’re going right in with the plastic razors, CD cases, license plate frames, and Uber Eats utensils. America uses 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour, and I’m determined to increase that pace by proving that every Poland Spring container can become yet another Poland Spring container if we just shovel this stuff back into the Plastic Mash-up Factory.

Okay, let’s move on.

High-Density Polystyrene: This is your Lysol bottle, your Oreo tray, and your Tide dispenser. And we’re gonna make lawn chairs out of em.

Polyvinyl Chloride: This is all that stuff you thought was leather when you bought it but turned out to be made out of kitchen linoleum. We’re gonna use it to make traffic cones for use in midwestern cities that maxed out their budget subsidizing the B-B gun factory.

Polypropylene: Tic Tac boxes, Tupperware, prescription drug containers, beer coolers, and those little trash cans that you kick across the room in motels. This is stuff that is made to last. But it won’t. We’ll mash that molded deck chair into oatmeal residue.

Polyethylene: This is virtually everything plastic that you use in your daily life, from Head and Shoulders bottles to all those quilts they sell at Family Dollar—those things are 110 percent petrochemical-based, which is why we have heat-stroke victims in January. Here’s the part you’re gonna love, though. We’re gonna compact all that stuff and feed it to the Greater Wax Moth, an ugly little monster that normally feeds on beehives. The Chinese have determined that these creatures can live on polyethylene, and that means that it’s only a matter of time before Michael Bay makes the movie about China using its overwhelming polyethylene stockpile to breed monster Wax Moths that attack en masse and eat their way through redneck packing plants all over the South.


Okay, what else we got here?

  

READ THE FULL COLUMN HERE



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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

“Elysia: The World in Children’s Dreams,” Making the Dream Alive on Screen — TV Show or Film

 


“Elysia: The World in Children’s Dreams,” Making the Dream Alive on Screen — TV Show or Film 

 

London, UK, September 23, 2021 – It’s time to wake up in the fabulous world of Elysia. With now fully completed film treatment and screenplay, Malcolm Chester’s “Elysia: The World in Children’s Dreams” is now eyeing to become the next great series or film adaptation.

After his publishing success on both the first book and sequel, Chester endorses his beloved story to be produced and turned into a movie. It’s a magnificent tale filled with a whimsical charm that has the potential to become a box office success.

A coming-of-age story in a fantasy setting about a young girl and boy whose nightly adventures in a dreamland teach them compassion, bravery, and love. Waking up in a strange and surreal place, Courtney finds herself in a dreamland. Welcome to the world of Elysia, a place of wonder and magic, light and beauty, purity and evil—an endless imagination of adventures and friendship.

The book begins with young Courtney, unsettled by the lights and sound of a police car, covering her ears as she lies down in bed. As she closed her eyes and fell asleep, she finds herself waking in a front of an iron gate with a sign reading ELYSIA.

Where… Where am I? Is this a dream or…

Inside the gate, greets a fantasy Funland with iridescent colors, candy mounds, fantastic creatures, and different amusement rides that every kid would enjoy. Each time Courtney falls asleep, she is transported into the dreamland. There, she meets new odd friends and encounters frustrating series of events.

In the real world, Courtney has troubles at home and only longs to come back to Elysia. She also fears puberty and hates to confront the thought of becoming a fully grown woman. As the story unfolds, the fine line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred. Although rich in fun and magic, Elysia is in grave danger as the Crystal of Light has been stolen. Apparently, the walls of Elysia are becoming weaker as days passed, and a journey to retrieve the crystal must be done in haste. The journey to the Maelstrom begins.

It’s a perilous quest that no one even dared to tread and most adventurers have failed to come back ever. Along their voyage, the Light Swords have to defeat a huge black snake, a pack of wolves, the Dark King’s soldiers, and a speaking dragon. Together with her newly formed friends, Courtney must complete the quest to return the magic crystal from the evil king and restore balance to the land.

“Chester keeps the vocabulary and subject tightly geared toward those things that interest and confuse children as they begin to grow up. At the same time, he provides children with a message of empowerment no matter what difficulties they may be facing in the sometimes all-too-real world of adults.”

--US Review of Books

Readers around the world love the wonderland Elysia, a convincing world of imagination that speaks of terror and tenderness, innocence and chaos in life. Book reviewers praise the author for depicting a fantasy novel that is not only fit for kids but also offers a timeless lesson for adults alike. It’s a beloved book that stirs your imagination with poignant words, keeping you in slumber into the dreamland, Elysia.

Away in the real world, reading Chester’s Elysia brings you into a dreamy land of childlike wonder. As interesting and imaginative in the text, creating a film about the world of Elysia will dazzle young ones and educate them with lifelong lessons. 

Lovely and enjoyable, author Malcolm Chester charms his reader into weaving an extraordinary world while introducing fantastic and charming characters. And also, these tales are about many things, like growing in different phases is also talk about: learning to feel, getting in love, and becoming an adult. Indeed, it’s a brilliant story that has a making of a great film, plunging the viewer into the extraordinary hidden beyond the ordinary.

 

Get a copy of the book, Elysia: The World in Children’s Dream from:

www.aegadesign.co.uk
www.amazon.com
www.barnesandnoble.com
www.kobo.com

 

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AEGA Design Publishing Ltd
www.aegadesign.co.uk

Elysia: The World in Children’s Dreams
https://www.aegadesign.co.uk/product/elysia-le-monde-dans-les-reves-des-enfants-french-edition-malcolm-chester/

US Review of Books
https://www.theusreview.com/reviews/Elysia-Chester.html#.YUuXpbgzZD8



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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Hulu Original "MARVEL'S HIT MONKEY" Premieres 11/17/21 With All 10 Episodes -- Watch Teaser HERE!

 


"MARVEL'S HIT-MONKEY"

A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES

Hulu Original "Marvel's Hit-Monkey" premieres on November 17th, 2021 with all ten episodes

 

SYNOPSIS: After a Japanese snow monkey’s tribe is slaughtered, he joins forces with the ghost of an American assassin and together, they begin killing their way through the Yakuza underworld.

CAST: George Takei, Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Munn, Ally Maki, Nobi Nakanishi and Fred Tatasciore.

CREDITS: Co-created and executive produced by Josh Gordon & Will Speck. Executive produced by Joe Quesada. 



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CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

Shinji (voiced by George Takei)

A lifelong public servant who has been the man behind the political career of Ken Takahara, his friend and political mentor. But when tragedy strikes, it falls to Shinji to pick up the baton and carry their political dreams forward. A good and honest man who raised his niece Akiko all by himself after the death of her parents. Shinji is the kind of politician everyone wishes they could have.

Bryce (voiced by Jason Sudeikis)

A world-weary Assassin who’s made some unbelievably poor life choices. He drowns his sorrows in work, travel, and gambling but when it comes to doing hits, there’s no one better. After he’s killed in the Japanese Alps, the ghost of Bryce and Monkey are tied together on a revenge quest. A terrible mentor with a sarcastic, cynical view of the world, Bryce must ultimately dig deep within himself in order to complete his final mission and help Monkey become who he was meant to be.

Akiko (voiced by Olivia Munn)

Smart, ambitious and powerful, Akiko is the niece of Shinji Yokohama the future Prime Minister of Japan. Having spent time in the west for College and Law School, she has returned with strong opinions about the future of her Uncle’s campaign. Her inherently good nature however masks a darker side, one that will emerge as the season progresses.

Haruka (voiced by Ally Maki)

An honest cop from a small town in the north, Haruka comes to Tokyo with dreams of reforming a corrupt city. But can she hold on to her values in the face of so much vice? Her new partner Ito will test her sense of right and wrong and ultimately prove to be the mentor she has always looked for. But when it falls to her to complete their case, will she have what it takes to become the cop she has always felt she could be?
 
Ito (voiced by Nobi Nakanishi)

The laughing stock of the Tokyo Police Department, and struggling with a drinking problem, Ito is the only one in Tokyo who suspects that Hit Monkey may actually be one of the good guys. But no one, not even his new partner Haruka believes him. He will have to dig deep into his past, and face his demons in order to finally restore his honor.

Monkey (voiced by Fred Tatasciore)

Monkey’s peaceful existence in the Japanese alps is shattered by the tragic loss of his tribe—setting him on a course of revenge and violence in the very world of humans that are responsible for his plight. He’s a killer of killers with a bit of a rage problem. Throughout the series, he must learn to navigate the struggle between his inherently sweet nature and the evil acts he must commit. It’s through his complicated friendship with the Ghost of Bryce (a former assassin and now, Monkey’s unwanted conscience), that will determine whether Monkey will be consumed by his rage or channel it for good. This is the story of Hit Monkey. 

 

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