Friday, December 6, 2019

Leonardo DiCaprio to Present Robert De Niro with 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award

Leonardo DiCaprio to Present Robert De Niro with 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award
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56th Annual Accolade to Be Presented on Sunday, January 19
During the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS
 
LOS ANGELES (December 6, 2019) – Academy Award® winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio will present the SAG Life Achievement Award to two-time Oscar®-winning actor, producer and director Robert De Niroduring the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, the producers announced today.  Accepting SAG-AFTRA’s highest accolade from his co-star in several films, including This Boy’s Life, will be a special moment at the ceremony, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
 
This Boy’s Life
DiCaprio co-starred with De Niro in This Boy’s Life as Toby, the only son of a single mother in 1950’s Washington state. De Niro played Dwight, Toby’s abusive stepfather. The complexity of each of their roles, and the emotionally charged storyline helped create a lasting bond between the two actors, who went on to work together in three more films.  This Boy’s Life, one of DiCaprio’s earliest films, brought his talent to life and helped propel his career as an award-winning actor. 
 
Leonardo DiCaprio
In 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio accepted his first SAG Award for Male Lead in recognition of his outstanding performance in The Revenant. He had previously been nominated for eight SAG Awards - three Male Actor in a Leading Role, one Male Actor in a Supporting Role, and four as part of an ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture, including one for Marvin’s Room, for which he was nominated with De Niro in 1997.  
 
DiCaprio received his first SAG Award nomination for Male Actor in a Leading Role in 2005 for The Aviator, in which he played billionaire Howard Hughes.  He was part of the Cast in a Motion Picture nomination for the same film.  He won an Oscar® for Best Actor in The Revenant, and has been nominated for five additional Oscars®.     
 
He has been nominated for 11 Golden Globes, winning three for his roles in The RevenantThe Wolf of Wall Street, and The Aviator. He was most recently seen starring in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  In addition to his brilliant work as an actor, DiCaprio is also an accomplished producer.  He has produced such films as Shutter IslandThe Aviator and the upcoming Clint Eastwood directed Richard Jewell, a biographical drama based on the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
 
Leonardo DiCaprio is also a passionate activist focused on the environment.  At Appian Way, they have put strong efforts to gain headway in the documentary world, especially as it pertains to progressive environmental change producing Before the Flood, a documentary that sheds light on climate change. It also worked with Netflix to produce the Academy Award®-nominated Virunga, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. Appian is in partnership with Netflix on several additional documentaries, including the critically acclaimed StruggleThe Ivory GameHow to Change the WorldCatching the Sun, and the documentary series Fire Chasers. Last year Appian also produced the critically acclaimed documentary series Frontiersmen as a sequel to the Men Who Built America for the History Channel, Jonestown: Terror In The Jungle for AMC/Sundance and currently is in production on a multi-part documentary series about Ulysses S. Grant, also for History Channel. This year, Appian saw success around critical darlings, Sea of ShadowsIce on Fire, and And We Go Green, which center around environmental issues.
 
In July 2019, The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation teamed up with Earth Laurene Powell Jobs of Emerson Collective and Brian Sheth of Global Wildlife Conservation to create Earth Alliance, an organization to combat climate change and biodiversity loss. DiCaprio has also been awarded a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his work bringing global attention to the urgent need to address climate change.
 
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is the recipient of a SAG Award® for his work as a member of the cast of American Hustle. He received Screen Actors Guild Awards cast nominations for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, for which he also earned an individual nomination, and Marvin’s Room. De Niro is a seven-time Academy Award® nominee, a six-time BAFTA nominee and a nine-time Golden Globe® nominee. De Niro, who made his directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale, in which he also starred, can currently be seen in Joker.
 
De Niro’s breakthrough role was in the 1973 film Mean Streets, where he began the first of nine collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. Other films created out of their special partnership include Taxi DriverGoodfellasCape FearCasino, and the recently released Netflix film, The Irishman

De Niro’s incredible repertoire of films includes his Academy Award®-winning roles in The Godfather II and Raging Bull, as well as Oscar®-nominated turns for his work in The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Awakenings, Cape Fear and Silver Linings Playbook. De Niro has proven his versatility with his memorable dramatic roles inThe Untouchables, Jackie Brown and Backdraft, and several successful comedies in his career, including Meet the ParentsMeet the FockersLittle FockersAnalyze This and the dramedy Midnight Run
 
Much more information about De Niro’s extraordinary career and why he was chosen to receive the SAG Life Achievement Award can be found here on the SAG Awards website.
 
About the Life Achievement Award
Nominated and voted on by members of the SAG-AFTRA National Honors and Tributes Committee, the Life Achievement Award is bestowed for outstanding achievement in fostering the best ideals of the acting profession. The recipient of this award is a well-established performer who has contributed to improving the image of the acting profession and has a history of active involvement in humanitarian and public service endeavors.
 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

HBO Max Greenlights Generation to Series

HBO Max Greenlights Generation to Series
 
The Dramedy from Executive Producer Lena Dunham and We’re Not Brothers Productions Marks Streamer’s First Pilot to Series Order

LOS ANGELES – December 5, 2019 – HBO Max has greenlit the half-hour dramedy, Generation, which marks the streamer’s first pilot to get a full series order. The series is created by 18-year old Zelda Barnz and her father Daniel Barnzwho also directs. Executive produced by Lena Dunham and Ben BarnzGeneration is a dark yet playful half-hour following a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.
 
Generation’s dynamic ensemble cast includes Nathanya AlexanderChloe EastNava MauLukita Maxwell, Haley SanchezUly Schlesinger, Sam TrammellChase Sui Wonders with Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton.
 
“Daniel and Zelda are an incredibly passionate team with true vision and authenticity, providing an inside look at the windy path many adolescents have to navigate as they come to terms with their identity and sexuality in Generation,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “Zelda has a particular ability to speak to and about her generation with humor and relatability, only brought further to life by this incredible cast. We couldn’t be prouder of a show to mark our first pilot to series order for HBO Max,” added Kevin Reilly, chief content officer HBO Max and president TBS, TNT, and TruTV.
 
“I wanted to see myself and kids my own age represented on TV in a way that felt real, without judgement or nostalgia. I’m so appreciative of my mentor and soul-sister Lena Dunham for all her support and guidance, and so thankful to HBO Max for making this crazy dream come true,” said Zelda Barnz.
 
“I have fallen head over heels for this brilliant family, who have allowed their 18-year old daughter Zelda to express herself in a way that’s both effortlessly funny and plumbs the depths of the adolescent experience. Daniel’s direction is sensitive and artful and as a producer, Ben is equally committed to rigor and fun. I cannot wait for people to see Zelda’s brilliance come to life and to meet this insanely impressive cast of honest, powerful performers and I’m so excited to be a part of the soon to be juggernaut of HBOMax,” added Lena Dunham.
 
Generation is written by Zelda and Daniel Barnz and the pilot was directed by Daniel Barnz. Lena Dunham will executive produce for Good Thing Going Productions, with Daniel and Ben Barnzfor We’re Not Brothers Productions. Zelda Barnz is co-executive producer. Marissa Diaz produces for Good Thing Going Productions.

Blue Underground's The House By The Cemetery 3-Disc Limited Edition 4K

THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY
3-Disc Limited Edition / 4K Restoration coming January 21st

The outrageous Italian shocker from The Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci 


Pre-order HERE

Read The Fine Print... You May Have Just Mortgaged Your Life
 
A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone - or something - is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.
 
Catriona MacColl (THE BEYOND), Paolo Malco (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Ania Pieroni(TENEBRE), Carlo De Mejo (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD), and Dagmar Lassander(HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON) star in this outrageous Italian shocker from 'The Godfather of Gore,' Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE). Blue Underground is now proud to present THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY in a new 4K restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative, fully loaded with exclusive new and archival Extras!
Disc 1 (Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
  • Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Poster & Still Galleries
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
  • Meet the Boyles - Interviews with Stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco
  • Children of the Night - Interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina
  • Tales of Laura Gittleson - Interview with Star Dagmar Lassander
  • My Time With Terror - Interview with Star Carlo De Mejo
  • A Haunted House Story - Interviews with Co-Writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti
  • To Build a Better Death Trap - Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani, Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi, and Actor Giovanni De Nava
  • NEW!House Quake - Interview with Co-Writer Giorgio Mariuzzo
  • NEW! Catriona MacColl Q&A
  • NEW!Calling Dr. Freudstein - Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
Disc 3 (CD):

  • THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Walter Rizzati
BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
  
Reviews:
"A truly frightening horror film... Any fan of Italian horror should see it!" 
Bloody Disgusting

"Horror exploitation at its best... Plenty of blood, gore, impalements, decapitations, and maggots!" 
Classic-Horror

"Nasty, lurid and surprisingly scary... Arguably Fulci's strongest movie!" 
Total Sci-Fi Online

"The claustrophobic mixture of chills and supernatural poetry would do Mario Bava proud!" 
Mondo Digital

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

AFI Awards' Honorees

AFI MOTION PICTURES OF THE YEAR

 

1917

THE FAREWELL

THE IRISHMAN

JOJO RABBIT

JOKER

KNIVES OUT

LITTLE WOMEN

MARRIAGE STORY

ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

RICHARD JEWELL

 

SPECIAL AWARD

 

PARASITE

 

 

AFI TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

 

CHERNOBYL

THE CROWN

FOSSE/VERDON

GAME OF THRONES

POSE

SUCCESSION

UNBELIEVABLE

VEEP

WATCHMEN

WHEN THEY SEE US

 

SPECIAL AWARD

 

FLEABAG

 

 

AFI AWARDS selections are made through a jury process where AFI Trustees, scholars, artists and critics determine the year’s most outstanding achievements and provide artistic and cultural context for the selection of each honoree.

 

This year’s juries — one for film and one for television — featured acclaimed artists including Emmy®-nominated actor John Amos, Emmy®-nominated director Lesli Linka Glatter, Oscar®-winning writer Callie Khouri, Tony-nominated actor Delroy Lindo and Emmy®-nominated director Betty Thomas; renowned authors and scholars representing prestigious universities with recognized motion picture arts and television programs; film historian Leonard Maltin; the AFI Board of Trustees; and film and television critics from media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, TV Guide and Variety. The juries were chaired by AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock (former Vice Chairman of MCA, Chairman of Universal Pictures) for film and Richard Frank (former Chairman of Walt Disney Television, President of Walt Disney Studios, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) for television.

 

Honorees will gather on January 3, 2020, for recognition at the annual AFI AWARDS private luncheon in Los Angeles, CA — an event favored by the entertainment community for its informal intimacy and its inclusive acknowledgement of excellence.  

 

The 2019 recipients join a distinguished group of previous AFI AWARDS honorees whose works define the art form and contribute to our rich cultural legacy. View all past AFI AWARDS honorees here.

 

The AFI AWARDS luncheon will be sponsored by Audi, a supporter of AFI and its programs for the past 16 years. The AFI AWARDS luncheon is also sponsored by American Airlines, the official airline of AFI.

 

TEASER TRAILER: Hulu's Shrill S2

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TEASERHulu Original Series Shrill 

Today, Hulu released the official teaser trailer for the new season of Hulu’s hit original comedy Shrill, starring Aidy Bryant! Shrill returns with eight all-new episodes, Friday, January 24, only on Hulu. 

 

SEASON TWO TEASER AVAILABLE HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-=youtu.be


Synopsis: 
After facing her demons – her mom, her boss and, of course, her troll – Annie starts the season feeling pretty good with boyfriend Ryan by her side. That is,until she realizes that hastily quitting her job and jumping into a relationship with someone who is, well, a little less career-focused may not have been the best idea.

  

But Annie isn’t the only one on a path to self-discovery… she’ll be joined by both Fran and her mother, who are also figuring out what they really want out of life.

 

And while it’s not easy to get what she always imagined she’d want, Annie is no longer the doormat she once was – and she’s just getting started.

 

Shrill is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks, Aidy Bryant, showrunner Ali Rushfield, Lindy West, Andrew Singer of Broadway Video and Max Handelman of Brownstone Productions. Ali Rushfield, Lindy West, and Aidy Bryant serve as co-writers. The series is produced by Warner Bros., Broadway Video, and Brownstone Productions. Warner Bros. will serve as the international distributor.

Announce: Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Arrives on Digital 12/31 and Blu-ray 1/14


She Gives Evil a Good Name

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil In-Home Trailer
 “masterful performances” - Kirsten Acuna, Insider

"expands the world of Disney's retelling with high fantasy action" - Molly Freeman, Screen Rant
 
on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Dec. 31
and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ Jan. 14
 
Go beyond the fairy tale with bonus features highlighting the film’s stunning visuals and all-star cast, along with extended scenes, outtakes and a Digital exclusive
 
BURBANK, Calif. (December 4, 2019) — Ring in the new year with Disney’s most iconic villain: “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” — which soared to No. 1 worldwide opening weekend and earned an A CinemaScore and a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes — releases on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Jan. 14, 2020. The thrilling sequel to 2014’s “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and Elle Fanning as her goddaughter Aurora, arrives home with brand-new bonus features, extended scenes, outtakes and an exclusive extra for Digital consumers.

Bonus features take viewers behind-the-scenes with the all-star cast to explore the making of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” Extended scenes reveal how Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) manipulates Aurora into questioning Maleficient and accelerating her wedding plans. Featurettes include interviews with Jolie, who discusses Maleficent’s origins and the cast who portray the Fey, and Fanning, who gushes over Aurora’s fairytale wedding. Filmmakers showcase the visual effects behind the film’s stunning landscapes and the seemingly effortless flight of the Fey. Additional extras include “You Can’t Stop The Girl,” a music video performed by Bebe Rexha, and hilarious outtakes, ranging from uncooperative cats to uncontrollable giggles on set.

Fans who purchase “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” on Digital will gain access to an exclusive extra in which fantasy-film veteran Warwick Davis divulges the backstory for his character, Lickspittle.

Directed by Joachim Rønning, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” carries on the story of Disney's most iconic villain. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora's impending marriage to Prince Philip is cause for celebration as the wedding serves to unite the Kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors. But, when an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be a family.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” will be packaged and released in several different formats, ensuring each member of your family can enjoy it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can watch the film in Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film which will be released as an Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) and a single DVD. A Digital bundle with both “Maleficent” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” will be available at preorder.

Bonus features include*:

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:
  • Lickspittle – Fantasy-film veteran Warwick Davis considers how every aspect of the film's design inspired his tragic character.
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:
  • Extended Scenes
    • The Queen Comforts Aurora - Queen Ingrith takes advantage of Aurora’s fragile state to gain her confidence and accelerate the wedding plans.
    • Philip and Aurora Dance - Aurora struggles to gain Queen Ingrith’s approval when she realizes how she is viewed among aristocracy.
  • Featurettes
    • Origins of the Fey - Angelina Jolie discusses Maleficent’s lore, her newly discovered origins, and the diversity of the cast who portray the Fey.
    • Aurora’s Wedding - Elle Fanning gushes over Aurora’s fairytale wedding; plus, hear from some special guests as they give their best to the bride and groom.
    • If You Had Wings - Get a glimpse of the elaborate visual effects that allow the Fey to take to the skies.
    • “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” VFX Reel – Discover how a perfect blend of practical and visual effects were used to create the stunning landscapes in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”
  • Outtakes - Uncooperative cats, a serious case of the giggles and even the “floss dance” found their way into Ulstead.
  • “You Can’t Stop The Girl” - Music video performed by Bebe Rexha
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Product SKUs: 4K Ultra HD (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code), Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code), DVD, Digital 4K UHD, HD, SD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time: Approximately 118 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated); PG in C.E.; G in C.F.
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Audio:
UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos; Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus; French-Canadian Dolby Digital 5.1; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (some platforms); English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
HD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
SD Digital = English, Spanish and French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital; English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
Languages/Subtitles:
UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, French and French Canadian
Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish
DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish
Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish
Closed Captions: English (DVD and Digital)

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Cartoon Network's Infinity Train - Season Two Set for Jan. 6

Cartoon Network Lays the Tracks for the Second Installment of Infinity Train Set to Debut for A Five-Night Event Beginning Monday, Jan. 6 (7:30pm, ET/PT)


Infinity Train is all aboard for a second installment on Cartoon Network beginning Monday, Jan. 6 (7:30pm, ET/PT), with two episodes debuting nightly for a special five-night event. The mind-bending mysterious and critically acclaimed series introduced fans to Tulip’s harrowing journey earlier this fall, and is one of the year’s breakout animated shows. Fans can catch up with One-One on Monday, Jan. 1 (11:00am-1:30pm, PT/ET) with the entire first season on Cartoon Network.
 
The second installment, aptly titled Book 2, will follow Mirror Tulip, an escaped reflection from the mirror world, and Jesse Cosay, a 14-year-old jock from Arizona. As the pair finds themselves on the run from the mirror police, themes of identity, friendship and peer pressure arise.

Infinity Train will have its first original digital soundtrack release titled Infinity Train: Book 1. Featuring 27 instrumental tracks plus one vocal song, the album will be available for download and streaming on all major platforms beginning this Friday, Dec. 6. 

Infinity Train is created by Owen Dennis and executive produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Developed through Cartoon Network’s award-winning Global Artists program, the original short spurred immediate attention -- gaining more than 5 million views on YouTube to date, with the series being noted as “an endless ride through dreamlike worlds” by Wall Street Journal, and New York Times’ James Poniewozick tweeting “…Seen half; loved it.