Thursday, September 21, 2017

DC All Access - iZombie Season 4, NYCC, Paul Dini, Dark Knights Metal

iZOMBIE SEASON 4: Apocalypse Is Here!
If you were ever hoping that the world would appreciate you more for your brain, New Seattle's the city for you! In this #DCTV clip, we look ahead to iZombie Season 4, which will bring with it big changes now that the truth about zombies is out. Cast members Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley and Aly Michalka along with Executive Producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright all discuss how Liv and her friends are dealing with the zombie apocalypse and which of the cast members will have a newly acquired taste for braaaaaains.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEpeyHebHpw

HARLEY QUINN: 25th Anniversary w/ Paul Dini
Lots of people are happy to see Harley Quinn turn 25, but we suspect few more than Paul Dini! In this DC All Access comics clip, we sit down with the Harley Quinn co-creator to discuss all things Quinzel, from how he first came up with the idea for her to what he thought of Margot Robbie's take on Harley to how he'll be spending Batman Day this weekend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZalDxzOnZs

BATMAN: THE RED DEATH – Evil Dark Knight Origin Revealed + More News
Some nightmares you can't outrun. In this DC All Access news roundup, we look at Batman: The Red Death, the first in a series of Metal one-shots revealing the origins of the seven evil Dark Knights that emerged from the Dark Multiverse. Plus, we round up the recent casting news for the upcoming Titans TV series, look at the return of Warren Ellis's The Wild Storm, make our plans for Batman Day and look at the newest fighter to join the Injustice 2 ranks—Black Manta!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAn358AWGxM

BATMAN: THE DAWNBREAKER – Cosplay Tutorial
The Dawnbreaker is coming...to New York Comic-Con! Okay, well, he'll be coming if any of you make the costume for our NYCC Dark Nights: Metal cosplay meet-up, and in this DC All Access cosplay clip, we give you instructions on how to do just that. Cosplayer SuperxLuigi (Luigi Shiraga) drops by to talk us through how to assemble a Dawnbreaker costume that will be the talk of the Dark Multiverse. Or the convention floor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrQ_5EaiFLs
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NEXT WEEK ON USA...

LAW AND ORDER: SVU “Famous TV Families Marathon” – 11:00am-11:00pm
Catch members of some of your favorite TV families on SVU.
 
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (LIVE) – 8/7c
WWE Superstars take the stage live in front of thousands in attendance at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. RAW Superstars include Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Charlotte, Big Show, Sasha Banks and The New Day.
 
WWE SMACKDOWN (LIVE) – 8/7c  
WWE Superstars take the stage live in front of thousands in attendance at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. SmackDown Live Superstars include John Cena, AJ Styles, The Miz, Becky Lynch, Dean Ambrose, Nikki Bella and Randy Orton.
 
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST “Prank Master” – 10/9
When Savannah decides to drop out of college Todd hatches a plan to get her back in class. Meanwhile Nanny Faye works overtime to pull an epic prank on Todd.
 
ACCORDING TO CHRISLEY “Jason George, Nanny Faye, Chase” – 10:30/9:30c
Todd Chrisley brings his unfiltered, unsolicited and hilarious point of view to this after show with According To Chrisley. Todd’s guest tonight is actor Jason George. Nanny Faye and Chase Chrisley also join.
 
MODERN FAMILY “Modern Family Friday” – 6:00pm-1:00am
If it’s Friday, it means an evening full of Modern Family!
 
LAW AND ORDER: SVU AND CHICAGO P.D. “Crossover Marathon” – 1:00pm-11:00pm
Benson in the windy city? Lindsay in the city that never sleeps? This marathon brings your favorite SVU-Chicago P.D. crossovers together in one super-crossover marathon event.

NEXT WEEK ON SYFY...

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24
 
ALL NEW EPISODE OF ‘CHANNEL ZERO: NO-END HOUSE’ – 9/27
 
SEASON PREMIERE OF ‘Z NATION’ – 9/29

 
GAME FACE “From a Galaxy Far, Far Away” – 9/10c  
The artists must create ghostly pirates inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean, rulers of mythical lost worlds, and Star Wars inspired bounty hunters based on planets from the Star Wars galaxy.
 
CHANNEL ZERO: NO-END HOUSE “Nice Neighborhood” – 10/9
Margot and Jules deal with the presence of The Father, as Seth and JT set off on their own terrifying paths. Meanwhile, Dylan is on a secret mission to find someone close to him.
 
Z NATION “Warren's Dream” – 9/8 *SEASON PREMIERE*
Warren’s Apocalyptic Dream of a Black Rainbow sends our heroes on a mysterious new mission to save the Apocalypse from something even worse. Warren awakens from a Coma to find herself in ZONA two years later, with Murphy seemingly cured, and the rest of our heroes either dead or fighting for their lives against unkillable “MAD-Z’s” caused by an evolving Zombie Virus.
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Why did I decide to repost that article?

I have respect for Mr. Aronofsky's work and having recently gone through some weeks of discussion with regard to the nature of the ending for the Showtime presentation of David Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return, which I still feel was a major rug pulled from beneath the feet of the fans, I respect and love David Lynch's work enough to still consider as a whole his collaboration with Mark Frost to be his masterwork and he does not owe anyone any explanations at all.

Stanley Kubrick was a filmmaker who also felt that it was better for the audience to interpret his work and I think pretty much most artists do not owe the audience anything as far as explaining what has happened so long as they don't take something as basic as a Disney classic intended for kids and make something so utterly discordant with everything that has come before that the intended audience is left truly besmirched.

I think people who go to see a film by  Aronofsky know that it is not going to be a standard narrative film and the trailer left me wanting to see the film. I don't think Mr. Aronofsky needs to feel like he owed an explanation so complete that he basically gave such a vivid map that it took that air of mystery away from it.  I feel this way because I think people's reactions were very close to what he  stated so maybe it is not something everyone will like, it wasn't as though his films have been universally beloved. 

In the end I think Mr. Aronofsky is a contemplative and thoughtful filmmaker, who cares about his audience beyond just making a buck. The fact that he detailed a roadmap to the film, which was only recently released shows he cares, but while I respect his decision regardless, he did not owe anyone anything and I hope that those who see the film now and read the article I reposted and so on understand that what he did was not easy and he could have just let it ride without ever detailing what the meaning behind the film is. Now we know, but at the price of the wonder I think he intended. Thank you.

(C) By Mark A. Rivera.
All Rights Reserved.

The following is a reposted article that contains major spoilers for Mother!

[SPOILERS for mother! ahead.]

As mother! continues to draw mixed reactions, Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence are doing their best to explain its polarizing concept. The film, a psychological thriller written and directed by Aronofsky, stars Lawrence as the titular character, a woman living with her writer husband (Javier Bardem) in their newly-renovated house. They live in relative harmony until a new couple arrives, settles in, and forces their life (and home) into disarray. What follows is a muddled, violent, and allegorical dreamscape that’s left audiences either mesmerized or utterly confused.

As a result, its reception has been torn: some critics have praise its bold, thought-provoking exhibitionism, while others have dismissed it as grandiose and narcissistic. In its opening weekend, the movie flopped, accruing a woeful $7.5 million against its $30 million budget and landing a worst-possible F grade on CinemaScore. But according to Lawrence and Arronfsky, its box office failure is at least partially owed to its complex symbolism.

During an interview with Indiewire, Aronofsky said that he wanted to break genre conventions and give moviegoers something fresh. In doing so, he concocted an elaborate metaphor driven by the same biblical ties that dictated Pi, The Fountain, and Noah:

Lawrence is Gaia, or Mother Earth, while her house represents the world — a living, breathing organism being destroyed by its inhabitants. Her husband, known as “Him” in the film, is God. Out of boredom, he creates Adam and Eve (the couple), who proceed to destroy both Gaia’s creation and His study (the Garden of Eden), which holds God’s perfect crystal (the apple). Their dueling sons are Cain and Abel. They also bring worshippers to praise God, who keep sitting on Mother’s unsupported sink, and eventually, cause the pipes to burst into the Great Flood. God impregnates Mother, who gives birth to the Messiah — a chaotic sequence followed by a disquieting communion and Revelations.

As Aronofsky put it:

“[It’s about] taking a piece of a world and confining it to a space and making it a conversation about society, lined up with a personal human story… [Mother Earth has] given us life on this planet. All she does is give us life. We also see nature’s wrath in the scene when Mother is attacking the crowd. The allegory is, here are these incredible infinite resources given to us and we abuse it all. We don’t follow lessons from kindergarten to clean up your own mess. We are empathizing with Mother Nature, feeling her pain and her wrath.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THE DARK TOWER Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey Debuts on Digital October 17 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD October 31

“It delivers Idris Elba as an action hero” ~ Scott Mendelson, FORBES
 
Based on the Best-Selling Book Series by Stephen King
 
THE DARK TOWER
 
Starring Idris Elba and Academy Award® Winner Matthew McConaughey 
 
Debuting on Digital October 17
 On 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD October 31
 
Blu-ray Includes Deleted Scenes, Five Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, and more!
 

 
CULVER CITY, Calif. (September 19, 2017) – Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013) star in THE DARK TOWER, the epic adventure based on the Stephen King book series, debuting on digital October 17 and on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD October 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Roland, the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba) has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from destroying the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle. THE DARK TOWER also stars Tom Taylor making his feature film debut, Katheryn Winnick (“Vikings”), Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Best Supporting Actor, Little Children, 2006).
 
THE DARK TOWER Blu-ray is loaded with bonus material, including deleted scenes, a blooper reel and “A Look Through the Keyhole,” which features three vignettes narrated by Roland and The Man in Black.  Also included are five behind-the-scenes featurettes that capture the imagination of fans. The filmmakers and Stephen King reveal the plot points that allowed the film to pay tribute to everything great about Stephen King’s novels while making it a whole new experience for fans in “Last Time Around.”  Fans step inside the fully realized sets and locations that play host to the physical embodiment of Stephen King’s Mid-World in “The World Has Moved On …”. For “The Man in Black,” Matthew McConaughey takes the audience inside his perceptions and process for portraying the villain Walter, aka The Man in Black. Fans go behind the scenes and inside the stunt team’s process for creating the action-packed battles in “The Gunslinger in Action”.  Stephen King discusses the journey from his book series to screen in “Stephen King Inspirations.”
 
Synopsis:
Based on the best-selling book series by highly-acclaimed author Stephen King. The last Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the epic battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. 
 
From Columbia Pictures and MRC, directed by Nikolaj Arcel from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel, THE DARK TOWER was produced by Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins and executive produced by G. Mac Brown and Jeff Pinkner.
 
Digital & Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Materials Include:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • A Look Through the Keyhole
  • Five Featurettes
    • “Last Time Around”
    • “The World Has Moved On…”
    • “The Man in Black” 
    • “The Gunslinger in Action”
    • “Stephen King Inspirations”
DVD Materials Include:
  • Blooper Reel
  • Two Featurettes:
    • “The Man in Black”
    • “The Gunslinger in Action”
THE DARK TOWER has a run time of approximately 98 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action.
 
Academy Award® is the registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Twin Peaks Season Three Blu-ray and DVD art.

Twin Peaks Season Three Blu-ray and DVD art.

I got this image from the Twin Peaks Wiki site, which lists the release date as being December 5th, 2017. I could not confirm this today, but along with a bunch of TV on BD reviews being posted, I will post more when I can confirm this.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Opening date announcement: Francesca Eastwood in M.F.A. in theaters, VOD + HD Digital October 13

M.F.A. 
A Powerful Thriller About Campus Sexual Assault 
Starring Francesca Eastwood  Opens In Theaters, VOD and HD Digital October 13, 2017

"Eastwood harnesses the kind of tenacity she's previously displayed ... adding rich emotional layers to a demanding role."  - Kate Erbland of IndieWire 

"Francesca Eastwood gives a stirring, sterling performance, transforming from a wallflower into a dynamic powerhouse" - Screen Anarchy


Dark Sky Films proudly announces the release date of M.F.A., a critically acclaimed powerful thriller starring Francesca Eastwood in a stand out role. The film, from female director and female screenwriter, takes on the searing current issue of sexual violence on campus. M.F.A. will be released on October 13th.

M.F.A., which was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW festival, tells a gripping story of a young woman forced to take action to protect herself in "perhaps the bravest, rawest rape-revenge thriller yet" (No Film School). Noelle (Francesca Eastwood, Final GirlOutlaws and Angels), an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation that culminates in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born - retribution is the inspiration she's been waiting for.

M.F.A. was directed by Natalia Leite (Bare) from a debut screenplay by actress Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms). McKendrick also co-stars in the film along with Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld, Knight of Cups).

The film received glowing reviews upon its world premiere at SXSW. Variety's Andrew Barker said, "An unapologetically feminist, female-centric take on the oft-problematic (and oft-male-gaze-dominated) rape-revenge thriller genre ... Leite directs with a bracing, assertive style." Brad Miska of Bloody-Disgusting called it "intensely engaging, thought-provoking, and also mesmerizing." "Spectacular, risky and wonderfully realized by Natalia Leite," said We Live Entertainment's Nick Casaletto. 


M.F.A.  
Directed by: Natalia Leite (Bare
Written by: Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms)
Produced by: Shintaro Shimosawa (Misconduct, The Grudge), Mike C. Manning (Disney's Cloud 9, Folk Hero & Funny Guy)
Cast: Francesca Eastwood (Final GirlOutlaws and Angels), Clifton Collins Jr. (HBO's Westworld, Triple 9, Weightless), Peter Vack (Mozart in the Jungle, I Just Wants My Pants Back)  
Language: English
Genre: Thriller / Horror


THEATER LISTINGS: Opening October 13th
New York, NY - Cinema Village
Los Angeles, CA - Laemmle Music Hall
Columbus, OH - Gateway Film Center
Kansas City, MO - Screenland Armour Theater
Seattle, WA - Grand Illusion Cinema
Denver, CO - Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake
Tampa, FL - Tampa Theater
Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
Portland, OR - Clinton St. Theater

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

THE MAN FROM EARTH: HOLOCENE HITS THEATRES IN OCTOBER

THE MAN FROM EARTH: HOLOCENE

TO BE RELEASED THEATRICALLY THROUGH

PARADE DECK FILMS

10th Anniversary sequel to Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth

LOS ANGELES, CA – Parade Deck Films have acquired theatrical distribution rights to the new film, THE MAN FROM EARTH: HOLOCENE.  A theatrical release date of October 13 has been set for the film with its opening weekend in Los Angeles and New York and a platform release plan to follow.  The new movie from filmmaker Richard Schenkman marks the 10 year anniversary sequel to the 2007 sci-fi cult classic, JEROME BIXBY’S THE MAN FROM EARTH.  The original film is currently ranked among IMDb’s top 50 Science Fiction films of all time and was an early digital platform success story on Netflix and Amazon.  The sequel stars David Lee Smith, reprising his role from the original film, Vanessa Williams as his companion and Michael Dorn as his colleague.  William Katt also returns for the sequel. 

THE MAN FROM EARTH: HOLOCENE catches up with John Oldman (David Lee Smith), the 14,000 year-old “Man from Earth” who is now comfortably hiding in plain sight as a college professor in Northern California.  His existence comes crashing down when four students discover his deepest secret, putting his life in grave danger and potentially shaking mankind to its very soul.  

Schenkman is still in awe of the reception the original MAN FROM EARTH film received on a worldwide scale. Schenkman shared, “It truly became a cult phenomenon.  Even without a major commercial release, the film has garnered well over 140,000 votes on IMDb, and more than 607,000 ratings from Netflix users. It’s played festivals all over the planet, and everywhere I go, I meet fans whose lives have been touched by this picture. It’s truly humbling.” 

Despite the international success of the original film, Schenkman resisted making a follow up until he was able to come up with a concept that was on-par with the quality of the original film’s screenplay, the last script ever completed by legendary sci-fi author Jerome Bixby. Fans around the world have been waiting 10 years for more tales of Professor John Oldman.  

THE MAN FROM EARTH: HOLOCENE stars David Lee Smith (Fight Club), Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”), Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), William Katt (“The Greatest American Hero”), Sterling Knight (“Sonny with a Chance”), Akemi Look (A Wrinkle in Time) and Brittany Curran (“The Magicians”).  

Additionally, the 10th Anniversary Special Edition of JEROME BIXBY’S THE MAN FROM EARTH will be released in November 2017 from MVD Entertainment featuring an all-new HD master on both Blu-ray and DVD.  The release will include a new 88 minute documentary, THE MAN FROM EARTH: LEGACY, produced by Richard Schenkman chronicling the history of the film and its lasting impact.

JOIN THE CULT OF CHUCKY AS ACTOR BRAD DOURIF RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARD AT 15TH NEW YORK CITY HORROR FILM FESTIVAL!


JOIN THE CULT OF CHUCKY AS ACTOR BRAD DOURIF RECEIVES ACHIEVEMENT
IN ACTING AWARD AT 15TH NEW YORK CITY HORROR FILM FESTIVAL!

Sept 12, 2017 - New York, NY – At this year’s 15th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival, broad-ranged character actor Brad Dourif, beloved to fright fans as the voice of killer doll Chucky, will receive the event’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, Oct. 28. The prestigious trophy honors Mr. Dourif for his long-ranging contributions to horror cinema, and the actor will accept in person.

Brad Dourif began his career on the stage where he was eventually noticed by Milos Forman and cast as Billy Bibbit in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, a role which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He has brought his craft to classic genre films including the John Carpenter-scripted EYES OF LAURA MARS; David Lynch’s DUNE and BLUE VELVET; and William Peter Blatty’s THE EXORCIST III. Dourif gained further renown for voicing Chucky in the CHILD’S PLAY franchise, the latest film of which, CULT OF CHUCKY, debuts this fall.

13 features and 31 short films make up this year’s festival, which opens Thurs Oct. 26, with a range of films including New York premieres of Mitchell Altieri’s THE NIGHT WATCHMEN; Norbert Keil’s REPLACE starring Barbara Crampton; Benjamin Arfmann’s DISMISSED starring Dylan Sprouse; Richard Stringham’s CLOSE CALLS; and Mathieu Turi’s HOSTILE starring Javier (IT) Botet; and the North American premiere of Michael Mongillo’s ghost story DIANE.

The festival runs October 26–29, at CinĂ©polis Cinemas, 260 West 23rd Street., at the corner of 8th Avenue and 23rd Street in the heart of New York’s Chelsea district, just one block over from the famed Chelsea Hotel, once home to Sid Vicious, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Arthur C. Clarke.

The NYC Horror Film Festival was born in 2002 by filmmaker Michael J. Hein as a venue for newer independent horror filmmaking. After Michael’s passing in 2011, the festival created the Michael J. Hein Achievement Award to celebrate the hard work and perseverance of creators in the field. George Romero was the first recipient of the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by other classic scaremeisters including Rob Zombie, Roger Corman, Frank Henenlotter, Robert Englund, Stuart Gordon, and the beloved late Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, Angus Scrimm, and Herschell Gordon Lewis.

The full schedule for the New York City Horror Film Festival is here:
http://nychorrorfest.com/schedule

Friday, September 8, 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return (Music From The Limited Event Series) Audio CD Review

Outstanding album comprised of a mix of songs performed by various musical artists at the Roadhouse Club, which was where the episodes frequently concluded during the 18-part Limited Event Series run on Showtime. Highlights include songs by Eddie Vedder, The Chromatics, James Marshall singing his song Just You And I from the original series as well as Julie Cruise performing The World Turns. Nine Inch Nails' She's Gone Away is a standout and there are some beautiful classics like I Love How You Love Me as well as a song by Otis Redding. An edited version of the classic Twin Peaks opening theme is also included, but if you want more of the original score, you will have to buy the companion score soundtrack as well, 

David Lynch had great taste in music and this mix of various performers and tunes from the Showtime Limited Event Series that was arguably one of the most anticipated programs of the summer along with Game of Thrones and the return of Rick and Morty is outstanding. If you loved the series and you want a selection of music from it, this should be enough for most. For those who want more, the score is also available now, but sold separately and the two should make a fantastic set. Can't wait for the Blu-ray Discs. Highly recommended and you get a free digital copy of the album on Amazon music if you purchase the audio CD from Amazon.com. In short, it is a win, win deal. Twin Peaks: The Return (Music From The Limited Event Series) Audio CD is available now at Amazon.com, which offers the free digital copy of the album if you purchase the CD from Amazon.com and the audio CD is also available now at other retailers on and offline too. Thank you David Lynch.

(C) Copyright 2017 By Mark A. Rivera.
All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"THOR" Voted as Fall's Most Anticipated Movie

“THOR: RAGNAROK” VOTED AS FALL’S MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE

IN FANDANGO FILMGOER SURVEY

 

“Thor” Star Chris Hemsworth & “Justice League” Star Gal Gadot

Voted Fall’s Most Anticipated Actor, Actress

 

LOS ANGELES (September 7, 2017) -- Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies, today revealed the results of its Most Anticipated Fall Movies Survey, in which three sci-fi fantasy films, “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Justice League,” and “Blade Runner 2049,” were voted by more than 1,000 movie fans as the most anticipated movies of the new movie going season (September through November).

 

As part of the survey, fans picked Chris Hemsworth (in “Thor: Ragnarok”) as the season’s most anticipated actor and Gal Gadot (reprising her role as Wonder Woman in “Justice League”) as most anticipated actress.  Pixar’s “Coco” was selected as the most anticipated family film of the next three months, while “A Bad Moms Christmas” was picked as the most anticipated comedy.

 

Starting today, Fandango fans can purchase advance tickets to “Thor: Ragnarok,” nearly two months in advance of its release date on November 3.  To celebrate the tickets-on-sale date, Fandango is holding a sweepstakes where one lucky ticket-buyer will win a trip with friends to Hollywood to meet Hemsworth on the red carpet at the film’s premiere. (See site for details.)

 

“Moviegoers always look forward to the fall season when some of the year’s best films debut,” says Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “This year there's an especially diverse slate full of a little something for everyone. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ claims the most anticipated title, thanks to the overwhelming momentum and excitement the Marvel Studios brand has built up over the years, plus fans can’t wait to see more of Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, as well as Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson in new-to-the-franchise roles.”

 

For the survey, more than a thousand moviegoers were asked which new releases they were most looking forward to seeing on the big screen from September through November. The top fall moviegoer picks are below:

 

  

MOST ANTICIPATED FALL MOVIES (Sept-Nov.):

1.      Thor: Ragnarok

2.      Justice League

3.      Blade Runner 2049

4.      Kingsman: The Golden Circle

5.      It

 

MOST ANTICIPATED ACTOR :

1.      Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok)

2.      Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049)

3.      Idris Elba (Molly’s Game, Thor: Ragnarok, The Mountain Between Us)

4.      Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle)

5.   Ben Affleck (Justice League)

 

MOST ANTICIPATED ACTRESS:

1.      Gal Gadot (Justice League)

2.      Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok)

3.      Jennifer Lawrence (mother!)

4.      Halle Berry (Kingsman: The Golden Circle)

5.      Mila Kunis (A Bad Moms Christmas)

 

MOST ANTICIPATED COMEDY:

1.      A Bad Moms Christmas

2.      Daddy’s Home 2

3.      Suburbicon

4.      Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

5.    Home Again

 

Most Anticipated Family Movie:

1.      Pixar’s Coco

2.      The LEGO Ninjago Movie

3.      Wonder

4.      The Star

5.      My Little Pony: The Movie


SOUTH PARK's first 11 seasons will debut on Blu-ray this fall

RELIVE COMEDY CENTRAL’S BELOVED "SOUTH PARK" IN GLORIOUS HIGH DEFINITION WHEN THE FIRST 11 SEASONS DEBUT ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

 

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Seasons 1-5 Arrive November 21st

Seasons 6-11 Arrive December 19th

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Remember when children were abducted by aliens, killed by falling space stations and befriended by talking feces? Ah, the good old days.  Now you can relive every supernatural, extraordinary and downright insane adventure of Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny when “South Park” Seasons 1-11 arrive for the first time ever on Blu-ray. 

Each of the first 11 seasons will be released individually in two-disc sets so you can revel in Chef’s Salty Chocolate Balls, Cartman’s Silly Hate Crime and every one of Kenny’s deaths in sparkling high definition.  As an added bonus, the Season 1 Blu-ray set will include uncensored episode commentary by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which was not available on the previously released DVD.  For your holiday gift-giving pleasure, the first five seasons will be released individually on November 21, 2017 and Seasons 6-11 will debut on December 19.

Celebrating its 20th year on air in 2017, “South Park” debuted on Comedy Central in August of 1997 and has won numerous awards, including five Emmy® Awards and a Peabody® Award.  Returning for its 21st season beginning on September 13th, “South Park” continues to challenge viewers as it holds a mirror up to society with its irreverent brand of social satire.  Plus, it’s just really, really funny. 

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Classic Gaming Lives - New Atari 2600/Sega Genesis Systems from AtGames Now Available; HD Consoles Coming in Oct.

Classic Gaming Lives Again with Release of New Atari 2600/Sega Genesis Handhelds and Value Systems from AtGames; HD Consoles with Wireless Controllers Coming in October

AtGames Launches Massive Non-Gaming Retail Blitz Bringing Classic Gaming Hardware to Family Dollar, Kroger, Walgreens, Office Depot and More

Los Angeles, CA (September 7, 2017) – The classic videogames of the 70s, 80s, and 90s are coming home and going on the road as AtGames today announced the launch of the Atari Flashback Portable Game Player, the Sega Ultimate Portable Game Player, the Atari Flashback 8 Classic Game Console and the Sega Classic Game Console.  All four systems, loaded with classic games, are available starting today at Family Dollar and Toys “R” Us.  Additional retailers will have the systems available in the coming weeks.

AtGames also today announced that the new premium HD versions of their classic gaming consoles: the Atari Flashback 8 Gold and the Sega Genesis Flashback will be available at major retailers starting on October 24. The Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition will be available at select retailers in November.

To support the launch of the new systems, AtGames is engaging in a massive non-gaming retail blitz that will bring the classic gaming hardware to retailers including Family Dollar, Dollar General, Kroger, Walgreens, Office Depot, Staples, Kohls, Urban Outfitter, Rite Aid, BJs, JC Penney, QVC, HEB and Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Game retailers offering the products include Walmart, Target, Gamestop, Best Buy and Toys “R” Us.

“AtGames has always focused on family friendly fun, value and accessibility,” said Ping-Kang Hsiung, CEO of AtGames. “Making it easy for families to enjoy video games together continues to be AtGames’ mission.“


Details on all seven new systems are below:

1.    The all-new Atari Flashback® 8 Gold features 120 built-in all-time favorites. Games include legends like Activision’s Pitfall! and Taito’s Space Invaders, as well as many other all-time Atari 2600 classics like Kaboom!™, River Raid™, Centipede™, and Millipede™. Two all new, high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers, styled after the Atari 2600 originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired joysticks or paddles. Other all new features for the Atari Flashback® 8 Gold include 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and save/pause/rewind feature functionality.

2.    The all-new Atari Flashback® 8 Gold Activision Edition features 130 built-in games, including 39 Activision classics. These games include legends like Activision’s Pitfall!, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, as well as many other all-time Atari 2600 classics like Freeway™, and River Raid™. Two high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers, styled after the Atari 2600 originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired joysticks. Other features for the Activision Edition include 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and save/pause/rewind feature functionality.

3.    The Atari Flashback® 8 Classic Game Console returns in a new value-priced edition, complete with 105 all-time favorites. Amazing new additions to the game line-up include Activision legends like Pitfall!™, Kaboom!™, and River Raid™. Two wired controllers, styled after the Atari 2600 originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports to add your own optional wired joysticks or paddles. 

4.    The Atari Flashback® Portable Game Player features an amazing selection of 70 built-in games, including the legendary BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment arcade hit, PAC-MAN™. Other blockbuster games include Dig Dug™, Pitfall!™, and Frogger™, and you can even add your own games with an optional SD card. A built-in, rechargeable battery, means the on-the-go fun never has to end. Games can be played on the portable’s high resolution 2.8” display, or on a TV via optional cable.

5.    The all-new Sega Genesis Flashback has a stunning new design, reminiscent of the original console, and features 85 built-in games as well as an integrated cartridge port that plays almost all of your favorite Sega Genesis and Mega Drive original cartridges. Built-in all-time favorites include the Sonic™ series, Mortal Kombat™ series, Phantasy Star™ series, and Shining Force™ series. Two new high performance 2.4ghz wireless controllers, styled after the Sega Genesis six button originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired gamepads. Other new features for the Sega Genesis Flashback include 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and save/pause/rewind feature functionality.

6.    The Classic Game Console returns in a new value-priced edition, complete with 81 all-time favorites. Amazing new additions to the game line-up include role-playing and strategy legends, Shining Force™, and Shining Force II™. Two wired controllers, styled after the Sega Genesis originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports to add your own optional wired controllers. 

7.    The Ultimate Portable Game Player returns with an enhanced selection of 85 built-in 16-bit Sega Genesis and Mega Drive classic games. The selection of blockbuster games include new additions PAC-PANIC™ and Splatterhouse 2™, as well as many more surprises. You can even add your own games with an optional SD card! Returning for 2017 is save game support for the included Phantasy Star™ series role-playing games. A built-in, rechargeable battery, means the on-the-go fun never has to end. Games can be played on the portable’s high resolution 2.8” display, or on a TV via optional cable. 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

PBS Distribution to Release “American Masters: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive" on DVD October 31

EXPLORE THE LIFE AND INSPIRATIONS OF ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND MISUNDERSTOOD WRITERS IN THE WORLD IN 

“AMERICAN MASTERS: EDGAR ALLAN POE: 

BURIED ALIVE”

 

Starring Emmy®-Nominated, Tony®-Winner Denis O'Hare and Narrated by Oscar® & Tony®-Nominated, Two-Time Golden Globe®-Winner Kathleen Turner

 

Available on DVD from PBS Distribution October 31st

 

Premieres on PBS on October 30th (Check Local Listings)

 

 

Arlington, Va. – August XX, 2017 – PBS Distribution announced today it will be releasing “AMERICAN MASTERS: EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE” on DVD. Written and directed by Eric Stange (The War That Made AmericaAmerican Experience: Murder at Harvard), this new documentary draws on the rich palette of Poe’s evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author.  

 

AMERICAN MASTERS: EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE” will be available on DVD October 31, 2017. The run time of the program is approximately 84 minutes, and has an SRP of $24.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

 

Starring Tony® Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated actor Denis O'Hare (“This Is Us,”American Horror Story,” “Take Me Out”) and narrated by Oscar- and Tony-nominated, two-time Golden Globe-winner Kathleen Turner, the program explores the misrepresentations of Poe as a drug-addled madman akin to the narrators of his horror stories. This caricature is thanks, in large part, to a high-profile obituary filled with falsehoods, written by his literary rival Rufus W. Griswold. Determined to re-invent American literature, Poe was an influential – and brutally honest – literary critic and magazine editor, who also invented the detective protagonist with his character C. Auguste Dupin, refined the science fiction genre and popularized short stories, actually writing more comedies than horror.

 

An orphan in search of family, love and literary fame, Poe struggled with alcoholism and was also a product of early 19th century American urban life: depressed from the era’s culture of death due to the high mortality rate and the struggles of living in poverty. Poe famously died under mysterious circumstances and his cause of death remains unknown.

 

Filmed in Boston Harbor’s historic Fort Independence at Castle Island, “AMERICAN MASTERS: EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE” combines dramatized re-enactments with O’Hare of key moments in Poe’s life, readings from Poe’s works by O’Hare, Oscar-nominated actor Chris Sarandon (“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “The Princess Bride,” “Dog Day Afternoon) and actor Ben Schnetzer (“Snowden,” “Goat,” “Pride”) and interviews with authors including Marilynne Robinson (“Gilead”), Matthew Pearl (“The Poe Shadow”), Jeffrey Meyers (“Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy”) and Zach Dundas (“The Great Detective”), director Roger Corman (Poe film cycle including “House of Usher) and others who reveal how Poe tapped into what it means to be human in a modern and sometimes frightening world.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SPIDER-MAN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION Arrive on 4K October 17

For the Ultimate Cinematic Spider-Man Fans
 
SPIDER-MAN 
LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION
Includes Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 &Spider-Man 3  
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 
LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION
Includes The Amazing Spider-Man & The Amazing Spider-Man 2 
 
Debut on 4K Ultra HD™ October 17
Available in Limited Edition Digibook Packaging
 


CULVER CITY, Calif. (September 5, 2017) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings back the iconic web-slinger in two must-own collections, SPIDER-MAN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION, both swinging onto 4K Ultra HD October 17. Both collections are available as limited edition Digibooks that feature photos, details about the making of the films and much more for avid fans.
 
The SPIDER-MAN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION features the original trilogy of Spider-ManSpider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3, all directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane. In this seven-disc set, Spider-Man battles such classic villains as Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Venom (Topher Grace) and New Goblin (James Franco).
 
The AMAZING SPIDER-MAN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION includes The Amazing Spider-Manand The Amazing Spider-Man 2, both directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield in the title role with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. In this five-disc set, Spider-Man (Garfield) battles such fan favorite villains as The Lizard (Rhys Ifans), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). 
 
All five theatrical features across both collections are presented in full 4K resolution, presenting the full resolution, detail and color depth inherent in the original elements. 4K Ultra HD brings the full power of these restorations into the home, featuring four times the resolution of high definition, high dynamic range (HDR)--which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays. All five theatrical features are also presented with Dolby Atmos audio, creating an immersive soundscape for these action-packed blockbusters.
 
SPIDER-MAN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION
Swing into action with the groundbreaking original cinematic Spider-Man trilogy, from director Sam Raimi. Join Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) as he becomes the iconic web-slinging Spider-Man, battles super-villains Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Sandman and Venom, wins the heart of Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), and learns that with great power, comes great responsibility. Packaged in a limited edition collectible 36-page Digibook featuring photos and behind-the-scenes detail.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDED ON BLU-RAY™
  • Spider-Man 3: Editor’s Cut - an alternate version of the 2007 blockbuster, supervised by Academy Award®-winning original editor Bob Murawski
  • Spider-Man 2.1 - the action-packed extended version of Spider-Man 2, featuring eight minutes of additional footage
  • The Stan Lee Legacy: From Comic Book to Homecoming - icon Stan Lee looks back at the history of Spider-Man and the character’s cinematic adventures
  • Over 30 hours of archival special features, including commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, gag reels, webisodes, music videos and much more!
Spider-Man:
Directed by Sam Raimi, Spider-Man with a screenplay by David Koepp, based on the Marvel comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The film is produced by Laura Ziskin and Ian Bryce and executive produced by Avi Arad and Stan Lee. 

Spider-Man has a run time of approximately 121 minutes and is rated PG-13 for stylized violence and action.
 
Spider-Man 2:
Directed by Sam Raimi, Spider-Man 2 with a screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on a screen story by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and Michael Chabon and the Marvel comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The film is produced by
Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad and executive produced by Stan Lee and Kevin Feige.
 
Spider-Man 2: Theatrical version has a run time of approximate 127 minutes and is rated PG-13 for stylized action violence.
 
Spider-Man 3:
Directed by Sam Raimi, Spider-Man 3 with a screenplay by Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent, based on a screen story by Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi and the Marvel comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.  The film is produced by Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad and Grant Curtis and executive produced by Stan Lee, Kevin Feige and Joseph M. Caracciolo.
 
Spider-Man 3 has a run time of approximate 139 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence.
 
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION

The untold story of the legendary web-shooter unfolds in the blockbuster Amazing Spider-Man films, directed by
Marc Webb. The saga begins in The Amazing Spider-Man, as Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) becomes Spider-Man and balances being a superhero doing battle against the villainous Lizard alongside his developing relationship with
Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Then, when Spider-Man’s new enemies—including the powerful Electro—unite in
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. Packaged in a limited edition collectible 24-page Digibook featuring photos and behind-the-scenes detail.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDED ON BLU-RAY™
  • The Stan Lee Legacy: From Comic Book to Homecoming - icon Stan Lee looks back at the history of Spider-Man and the character’s cinematic adventures
  • Over 15 Rare Archival Featurettes
  • Nearly 10 hours of additional archival special features, including commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, music videos and much more!
The Amazing Spider-Man:
Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is directed by
Marc Webb from the screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves, and a story by
James Vanderbilt. Stan Lee, Kevin Feige and Michael Grillo served as executive producers, with Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach as producers.
 
The Amazing Spider-Man has a running time of 136 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence.
 
The Amazing Spider-Man 2:
 
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb from a screen story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci &
Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt, a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci serve as executive producers with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach as producers. 
 
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a run time of approximately 142 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence.