Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Watch Exclusive Fandango Interview with Zachary Levi Ahead of "Shazam!" Early Screening

Fans and Fandango VIP Members Can Enjoy “Shazam!” on Saturday at More than 1,200 Theaters Nationwide – Two Weeks in Advance of The Film’s April 5 Release Date
 
LOS ANGELES – March 20, 2019 – Fandango, the leading digital network for all things movies, has teamed up with Warner Bros. Pictures to offer exclusive advance screenings this Saturday, March 23, of "Shazam!," the newest DC Super Hero to hit the big screen and one of the most highly anticipated movies of the season.

In an exclusive Fandango interview posted here, “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi reveals his favorite places to sit in the movie theater and his favorite theater snacks (popcorn and raisinets …at the same time?), as part of Fandango’s “Concessions Confessions” video series.

Fans can also enjoy a special shout-out from the film’s star, Zachary Levi, about Fandango’s early access screenings here, and purchase a special “Shazam!” Fandango gift card here.

“Fans can’t wait to see Zachary Levi’s portrayal of DC Comics’ superhero, Shazam, especially because Levi has been such a champion of fandom and comic book movies over the years,” says Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “‘Shazam!’ is big, goofy, lovable fun for the family, and early positive reactions point to another hit for DC. We’re super excited that Fandango VIP fans can see the film two weeks before it hits theaters.”

According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 “Shazam!” ticket-buyers:
  • 93% are looking forward to a lighter superhero movie.
  • 86% are DC Comics fans.
  • 83% are excited to see Zachary Levi as Shazam.
  • 82% dreamed about having superpowers as kids.
Nearly two weeks before the film's April 5 release date, fans and members of Fandango VIP, Fandango's free-to-join rewards program, can get a first look at the film in screenings taking place at approximately 1,200 select theaters and 40 exhibition circuits nationwide.  

For every movie ticket purchased on Fandango, Fandango VIP members also receive 125 Points. Once members reach 500 Points, they will receive a five-dollar reward redeemable for more movies - either for future movie-ticket purchases or for digital-movie purchases and rentals on FandangoNOW. In addition to earning points on Fandango, Fandango VIP members can also link their other theater rewards cards, including AMC Stubs, Cinemark Connections, Regal Crown Club and others, for even more benefits.

About “Shazam!"
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.  In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard.  Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!  With the help of superhero enthusiast friend Freddy, Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of the child he is inside. But he’ll need to master them quickly to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who’s got his eye on Shazam’s powers and wants them for himself.
 
David F. Sandberg directed the origin story that stars Zachary Levi as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Mark Strong in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, and Asher Angel as Billy Batson.  Peter Safran produced the film, which also stars Jack Dylan Grazer and Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou.  Firmly set in the DC universe but with its own distinctly fun, family-centric tone, the screenplay is by Henry Gayden, story by Gayden and Darren Lemke, based on characters from DC.  Shazam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck.  Jeffrey Chernov, Christopher Godsick, Walter Hamada, Geoff Johns, Adam Schlagman, Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Dwayne Johnson served as executive producers.
 
A New Line Cinema presentation, “SHAZAM!” will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.  The film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action, language, and suggestive material. www.ShazamMovie.com.
 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi arrives on 4K UHD June 11th


EXPERIENCE THE GRIPPING AND ACTION-PACKED STORY OF COURAGE
ON 4K ULTRA HD FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER 
  
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

John Krasinski Stars in the Intense True Story, Arriving in a 2-Disc Set and on Digital June 11

Director Michael Bay’s powerful and engrossing drama 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi arrives on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital for the first time ever June 11, 2019 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
With four times the resolution of HD, 4K Ultra HD delivers an immersive experience with exceptional vibrancy and contrast, creating images that are astonishingly vivid and lifelike.  Debuting just in time for Father’s Day, the 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack includes the film in 4K Ultra HD as well as a second Blu-ray Disc with over an hour of bonus content. Go behind-the-scenes with the ex-military operators recounting the extraordinary detail involved in recreating the events from the attack. Plus, join the cast and crew as they highlight the filmmaking process and how director Michael Bay brought the film to life.  The must-own set also includes access to a digital copy of the film. 
Starring John Krasinski (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”), James Badge Dale (World War Z) and Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black”), 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi tells the incredible true story of six elite ex-military operators who fought to protect the CIA against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012.

Monday, March 18, 2019

SOUTH PARK: THE COMPLETE TWENTY-SECOND SEASON Blu-ray™ & DVD Street Date: 5/28/19

“‘South Park’ still hasn’t lost its fastball, and continues to be one of the most cheerfully irreverent shows on television”

– AVClub.com

“‘…keeps its eyes on the prize and delivers memorable jokes with sharp satire”

– Salon.com

 

SOUTH PARK:

THE COMPLETE TWENTY-SECOND SEASON

 

Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: 5/28/19

 

 

Join Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle as they have a memorable Halloween, get super cereal with Al Gore, and try to win the top prize in the town’s bike parade in the enduringly popular series’ incredible 22nd season.

 

Own all 10 episodes from the latest season on either Blu-ray or DVD.  Each two-disc set also includes deleted scenes and mini-commentaries on all episodes by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  The Blu-ray set additionally includes #SocialCommentary on all episodes.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Venture Bros. Season Seven, Coming to Blu-ray & DVD

Season Seven, Coming to Blu-ray & DVD
Catch up with Team Venture while they take on their usual enemies, partner with allies and explore the unknown when the seventh season of Adult Swim's hit animated adventure series, The Venture Bros.,arrives on Blu-ray and DVD onJune 4.

Featuring all 10 half-hour, action-packed episodes, the release also includes commentaries with the creators for every episode, including “The Venture Bros. & the Curse of the Haunted Problem,” “Arrears in Science,” and “The Saphrax Protocol” plus extended and deleted scenes.
Season seven reintroduces audiences to P.R.O.B.L.E.M., the PROgressive Biological Life Extension Module designed by Jonas Venture Sr. to prolong the life of an individual. With the disembodied head of Venture Sr. locked inside and under control, P.R.O.B.L.E.M. is taken over and used to hack the VenTech Tower. 
Each episode of Adult Swim's The Venture Bros. is based on the true-life escapades of America’s favorite family of super scientists and the inescapable agents of their downfall. Created and directed by Jackson Publick, and written and executive produced by Publick and Doc Hammer, The Venture Bros. season seven is produced by Titmouse, Inc.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Natural celebrates its 35th Anniversary on 4K June 4

THE NATURAL

 

The Sports Classic Starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall,

Glenn Close & Kim Basinger Celebrates its 35th Anniversary

on 4K Ultra HD June 4

 

 

CULVER CITY, Calif. (March 11, 2019) –Just in time for Father’s Day, celebrate the 35th Anniversary of one of the most beloved sports films ever made when THE NATURAL debuts on 4K Ultra HD and in 4K via participating Digital platforms June 4from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Robert Redford stars as man who seemingly comes out of nowhere to become a legendary baseball player with almost divine talent in this classic film that also stars Robert Duvall, Glenn Close in an Academy Award®-nominated performance and Kim Basinger. THE NATURAL was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Cinematography and Best Original Score,* both vibrantly presented as part of this all-new 4K presentation.  The 4K Ultra HD disc includes both versions of the film: the original Theatrical version and the Directors Cut, each fully restored from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by Director of Photography Caleb Deschanel and Director Barry Levinson. Both versions of the film also include newly remixed Dolby Atmos audio, along with the original stereo and 5.1 tracks for the Theatrical version.  THE NATURAL includes hours of archival special features, including a variety of featurettes that go inside the making of this iconic classic and its greater context within baseball history and mythology.

 

Synopsis:

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the greatest sports films ever made. Nominated for four 1984 Academy Awards® — including Best Cinematography — and featuring an all-star cast, including Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Best Supporting Actress nominee Glenn Close and Kim Basinger, THE NATURAL follows the epic journey of Roy Hobbs. A ballplayer on his way to stardom in the big leagues, Hobbs finds his dreams shattered when a mysterious woman and a silver bullet end his career prematurely. Sixteen years later, Hobbs finds himself coming back to baseball, joining the roster of the lowly New York Knights. Can Hobbs overcome physical pain — and nefarious forces — to lead the Knights to the pennant?

 

Bonus Materials Include:

§  4K ULTRA HD INCLUDES:

o   Both Theatrical version and Directors Cut of the film in 4K with HDR

o   Dolby Atmos audio for both versions, along with the original theatrical stereo audio and 5.1 audio for the Theatrical version, and 5.1 audio for the Directors Cut

o   Barry Levinson Intro to the Directors Cut

o   Theatrical Trailer

§  BLU-RAY INCLUDES:

o   Theatrical Version of the Film

o   When Lightning Strikes: Creating The Natural: Pre-Game: A Novelist Steps Up to the Plate, The Line-Up: Assembling the Moviemaking Team, Lets Play Ball: Filming the Show

o   Clubhouse Conversations

o   A Natural Gunned Down: The Stalking of Eddie Waitkus

o   Knights in Shining Armor: The Mythology of The Natural

o   The Heart of The Natural

o   Extra Innings

 

The theatrical version of THE NATURAL has a run time of approximately 138 minutes and is rated PG. The Director’s Cut has a run time of approximately 144 minutes and is not rated.

 

* In addition to Close’s nomination as Best Supporting Actress and the nominations for Best Cinematography (Caleb Deschanel) and Best Music, Original Score (Randy Newman), THE NATURAL was also nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Mel Bourne, Angelo P. Graham & Bruce Weintraub).

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

13 Reasons Why: Season Two DVD Street Date: 5/21/19

13 Reasons Why: Season Two

 

DVD Street Date: 5/21/19

 

Overview:

Experience the provocative second season of one of the most talked about shows on television when the groundbreaking “13 Reasons Why” arrives on DVD May 21, 2019 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. 

 

Season Two picks up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death and the start of our characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. Liberty High prepares to go on trial, but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah’s death concealed. A series of ominous Polaroids leads Clay and his classmates to the discovery that Hannah wasn’t the only one to suffer at the hands of Liberty’s elite. When the whole truth is exposed, no one is spared the consequences.

 

The 4-DVD set includes all 13 episodes. 

TBS PROGRAMMING ALERT WEEK OF MARCH 24

TBS PROGRAMMING ALERT
WEEK OF MARCH 24
American Dad!
 

"Funnyish Games"
Monday Mar. 25 at 10:00pm ET/PT

Francine becomes obsessed with home security after a break-in rattles her. Steve tries on Hayley’s laidback approach to school work.
Miracle Workers
SEASON FINALE

 

"1 Hour"
Tuesday Mar. 26 at 10:30pm ET/PT

Craig risks it all in a desperate attempt to save Earth and all of mankind.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
 

Wednesday Mar. 27 at  at 10:30pm ET/PT

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT Week of March 24, 2019

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT
Week of March 24, 2019

Drop the Mic – Season Finale
“Glee Reunion Battle & Jason Biggs vs. Eddie Kaye Thomas”

Wednesday, March 27 – 10:00p.m. ET/PT

Time for two high school reunions! Glee’s Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr., and Becca Tobin battle former co-stars Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz and Heather Morris. Then American Pie’s Jason Biggs and Eddie Kaye Thomas serve up slices of lyrical hurt. 

Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild – Season Finale
“One For The Money, Two Fo’ Sho’”

Wednesday, March 27 – 10:30p.m. ET/PT

Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown shows off his fancy footwork and Wiz Khalifa does a little “joint reading.” Snoop takes a former Marine and an insurance agent on a journey to “The Highlight Zone” and tells them what “sounds about white.” Someone gets a chance to play for $50,000 on Snoop’s big-ass slot machine.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Conan O’Brien Expands His Team Coco Podcast Network With a New Weekly Series that Brings Fans Behind the Scenes at TBS’ CONAN

Conan O’Brien Expands His Team Coco Podcast Network With a New Weekly Series that Brings Fans Behind the Scenes at TBS’ CONAN

Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast Hosted by Writers Mike Sweeney
and Jessie Gaskell Will Offer an Entirely New Look at the Inner Workings of the
Late-Night Series Starting Friday, March 1.

LOS ANGELES – March 1, 2019 – Conan O’Brien is expanding on the success of his podcast Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend by adding an entirely new weekly podcast that takes fans behind the scenes at CONAN.

Launching Friday, March 1, Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast will take fans behind the curtain and show what it’s like to be inside the Team Coco universe.

Hosted by longtime CONAN writers Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell, this podcast will give fans an insider’s look at the origin of sketches and dive deeper into celebrity interviews and stand-up performances. The new podcast series will share the best, uncensored clips each week from CONAN on TBS. Mike and Jessie will spill the dirt on all things CONAN that fans have never had access to, including a weekly segment called “Office Goss,” which will, for example, shed light on why the second floor at Team Coco gets all the best snacks.

Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcasts.

Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend launched in the #1 overall spot in Apple Podcasts' all-important podcast charts on November 18 and has remained in the Top 10 Comedy category since, with more than 10,000 ratings and reviews and a perfect 5-star average. New York Magazine concurs, declaring Conan “the perfect podcast host.”

Friday, February 22, 2019

BLACK HAWK DOWN Debuts on 4K Ultra HD™ May 7


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BLACK HAWK DOWN

 

Debuts on 4K Ultra HD May 7

 

Directed by Ridley Scott & Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer,

Starring Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana & Many More

 

 

CULVER CITY, Calif. (February 22, 2019) –Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor), Ewan McGregor (Star Wars franchise) and Eric Bana (Star Trek) star in BLACK HAWK DOWN, the acclaimed and gripping war epic from Director Ridley Scott, debuting on 4K Ultra HD May 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film will also be available digitally in 4K day and date with the physical release on participating platforms.  Based on a true story and nominated for four Academy Awards®, winning two,* the film follows the 160 elite U.S. soldiers dropped into Somalia on a mission to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord, but instead find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. The release includes the Theatrical and Extended versions on the 4K Ultra HD disc with both versions newly remastered in 4K from the original camera negative and featuring High Dynamic Range. This new 4K HDR transfer was approved by Ridley Scott.  Both versions also include an all-new immersive Dolby Atmos audio mix, along with the original 5.1 audio.

 

In addition to the Theatrical and Extended versions of the film, BLACK HAWK DOWNincludes hours of archival special features making their return, including deleted & alternate scenes, documentaries and much more delving into the creation of this modern classic.

 

Synopsis:

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (The Martian) and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor) comes the gripping true story about bravery, camaraderie and the complex reality of war. 
BLACK HAWK DOWN stars an exceptional cast including Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Eric Bana. In 1993, an elite group of American Rangers and Delta Force soldiers are sent to Somalia on a critical mission to capture a violent warlord whose corrupt regime has led to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. When the mission goes quickly and terribly wrong, the men find themselves outnumbered and literally fighting for their lives.

 

Bonus Materials Include:

§  4K ULTRA HD:

  • Both Theatrical and Extended Versions of the Film
  • High Dynamic Range, Dolby Atmos and original 5.1 audio on both versions

§  BLU-RAY:

  • Theatrical Version of the Film
  • Audio Commentary by Director / Producer Ridley Scott & Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Audio Commentary by Author Mark Bowden & Screenwriter Ken Nolan
  • Audio Commentary by Task Force Ranger Veterans
  • “The Essence of Combat: Making Black Hawk Down” Documentary
  • The History Channel® Presents: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down”
  • PBS Presents: “Frontline: Ambush in Mogadishu”
  • 8 Deleted & Alternate Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • “Designing Mogadishu” Featurette
  • Production Design Archive
  • Storyboards with Optional Commentary
  • Ridleygrams with Optional Commentary
  • Target Building Insertion: Multi-Angle Sequence with Optional Commentary
  • Q&A Forums: BAFTA. Motion Picture Editor’s Guild & American Cinematheque
  • Jerry Bruckheimer’s BHD Photo Album
  • Title Design Explorations with Optional Commentary
  • “Gortoz A Ran – J’Attends” Music Video performed by Denez Prigent & Lisa Gerrard
  • Photo Galleries
  • Theatrical Poster Concepts
  • Trailer & TV Spots

 

BLACK HAWK DOWN has a run time of approximately 144 minutes and is rated R for intense, realistic, graphic war violence, and for language.

 

Academy Award® and Oscar® are the registered trademarks and service markets of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

TBS PROGRAMMING ALERT WEEK OF MARCH 10

TBS PROGRAMMING ALERT
WEEK OF MARCH 10
American Dad!
 

"Twinanigans"
Monday Mar. 11 at 10:00pm ET/PT

Steve and Roger restart their career as a twin brother acting duo. The family becomes addicted to a novelty gift shop.
CONAN
 

Monday Mar. 11 through Thursday Mar. 14 at 11:00pm ET/PT
Miracle Workers
 

"3 Days"
Tuesday Mar. 12 at 10:30pm ET/PT

Rosie meets with a competitor while Craig, Eliza, and Sanjay try to dupe God.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
 

Wednesday Mar. 13 at  at 10:30pm ET

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Win a copy of Overlord on Blu-ray Disc Courtesy of Paramount

Simply send your name and mailing address to genreonline@gmail.com from now through the end of the week and winner will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Overlord on Blu-ray Disc Courtesy of Paramount and GenreOnline.net. Good Luck!

A look at Arrow Films, Waterworld: Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc







Waterworld was at the time of it’s theatrical release consider d to be one of the most expensive genre films ever produced and the press at the time had a lot to state about the film that depicted it in such a negative way that everyone was expecting a a terrible movie and when it was finally released, the same press begrudgingly had to acknowledge that the film was not so bad. In fact Waterworld was entertaining. The damage was done even though it did just make back over it’s budget, the expected box office was not achieved. Subsequently Waterworld would go on to become a popular cult film and while the film has not aged as well in terms of what was acceptable in the 1990s for a popcorn film has become a bit more campy by modern standards with some characters saying or doing things that just make no sense. Yet I admit that back in the 1990s, I liked Waterworld and I was impressed by how much of science fiction world was created and I liked Kevin Costner’s portrayal of the mutant mariner, the Mad Max inspired reluctant hero of the film and Dennis Hopper brought just enough scene chewing wherever he appeared that he was fun to “boo” so to speak internally, but still enjoy him.

This review is not a normal Blu-ray Disc Set review because I reviewed it from check discs, which I usually never do and only two of the three discs were received and despite questions I made about the film’s packaging and physical materials, what I ended up receiving was a reply that said “I only had two discs.” None of my other questions were answered and while for the record I was the one who made the request to review the film because I had a soft spot in my heart for it and so I willingly accepted the check discs, I will never again do that because for an independent reviewer who has been covering genre films for over twenty years, it is not worth the extra trouble. 

So based on what I received, both the theatrical cut and the extended cut look great, but not fantastic. I asked if those copies were the last produced before Arrow went to press and again I received no answer. So I cannot say with any certainty if the picture is the same as the final product because it might look much better than what I reviewed. If Arrow should want me to update this review in the future by sending me actual final product, I will be happy to look it over, but since one of the versions remains unseen and I do not want to give an opinion one something that could actually not be an accurate judging, I am focusing on what is the reason why despite what I have noted above, I would still recommend Waterworld fans buy this limited edition set and that is because the extra value features are worth the purchase of the set alone.

Everything I ever wanted to know and all the rumors I ever wondered were true are addressed in the fantastic feature length documentary (1:42:32) that covers the film from it’s origins as a b-movie knock off to it’s epic scale that attracted Costner, the production and everything afterwards and since. The interview clips with the screenwriter, Director and Producer are informative and enlightening. Regardless of what you may think, it truly makes buying the set worth the price of admission. I loved it. Thank you Arrow films for shining an overdue light on the making of this legendary epic genre film.

This is supported by extensive preproduction art and production photo galleries, a terrific look at the evolution of post ecological disaster films with Film Critic Glenn Kenny (22:21). An archival production featurette (9:20, visual effects still galleries, and the teaser (2:00), trailer (2:15)and a reel of TV spots (9:00) wrap up this awesome package. English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo Sound as well as English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired are encoded onto the two check discs I received while both versions, the American theatrical cut, extended TV cut with over forty minutes of additional footage and the sight unseen extended international “Ulysseses” cut.

Despite not being happy with the way the check Disc situation worked out, the extra value features found on the Blu-ray set are the reason why I am recommending Arrow Films’ Waterworld: Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc Set for fans of the film now that it is available at retailers on and offline.

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All Rights Reserved.