Tuesday, October 15, 2019

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY STARS IN THE THRILLING TRUE STORY OF THE SPY WHO TRIED TO STOP A WAR OFFICIAL SECRETS

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY STARS IN THE THRILLING TRUE STORY OF THE SPY WHO TRIED TO STOP A WAR

OFFICIAL SECRETS

 

On Digital November 5, 2019

On DVD November 26, 2019

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Keira Knightley gives “one of her strongest performances” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) as a real-life whistleblower in the “taut and provocative thriller” (Todd Jorgenson, CinemalogueOFFICIAL SECRETS, arriving on Digital November 5, 2019 and on DVD with Digital Copy November 26, 2019 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

 

Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes®OFFICIAL SECRETS reveals the true story of British intelligence specialist turned whistleblower, Katharine Gun (Knightley). From award-winning director Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky), the movie features an incredible supporting cast including Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”), who portrays Martin Bright, the real-life investigative journalist who broke the stunning story, Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”) as one of Bright’s colleagues, and Academy Award® nominee* Ralph Fiennes as Gun’s determined lawyer. 

 

In 2003, British intelligence specialist Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) received a memo with a shocking directive: collect blackmail-worthy information on UN council members to force the vote for the invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world rush into war, Gun makes the decision to leak the memo to the press, igniting an international firestorm that would expose a vast political conspiracy and put Gun in harm’s way.

 

The OFFICIAL SECRETS DVD includes the film in standard definition, as well as a Digital Copy of the film in high definition.

 

 

IFC FILMS and ENTERTAINMENT ONE Present In Association With GS MEDIA / SCREEN YORKSHIRE 

A CLASSIFIED FILMS / CLEAR PICTURES ENTERTAINMENTProduction In Association With SILVER REEL 

A GAVIN HOOD film KEIRA KNIGHTLEY "OFFICIAL SECRETS" MATT SMITH MATTHEW GOODE RHYS IFANS 

ADAM BAKRI And RALPH FIENNES Casting By KATE DOWD, CDG  Music By PAUL HEPKER And MARK KILIAN

Edited by MEGAN GILL Production Designer SIMON ROGERSDirector of Photography FLORIAN HOFFMEISTER, BSC

Co-Producer SARADA McDERMOTT Executive Producers MARK GORDON MATT JACKSON SARA SMITH 

GAVIN HOOD CLAUDIA BLUEMHUBER ANNE SHEEHAN HUGO HEPPELL

Produced by GED DOHERTY, p.g.a.  ELIZABETH FOWLER MELISSA SHIYU ZUO 

Written by SARA BERNSTEIN & GREGORY BERNSTEIN AndGAVIN HOOD

Directed by GAVIN HOOD

©2018 OFFICIAL SECRETS HOLDINGS, LLC.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The Pink Ladies and T-Birds Still Rule the School

The Pink Ladies and T-Birds Still Rule the School
HBO Max Orders Grease: Rydell High Musical Spin-Off Series

LOS ANGELES  October 15, 2019 – HBO Max has ordered Grease: Rydell High, a musical series inspired by the 1978 Golden Globe® nominated film Grease. A joyous musical series set in and around the world of Rydell High, the show reimagines the global smash hit movie with some characters you already know, and a whole lot more you will soon meet.  It’s still the 1950s, a world that rocks with big musical numbers from the period combined with new original songs as well. It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and the rollercoaster of life in middle America with a modern sensibility that will bring it to life for today’s musical lovers.
 
“Grease is an iconic pop-culture phenomenon that works for every generation, and I’m thrilled that our friends at Paramount were excited about the idea of opening up the show and putting it on a larger canvas for a weekly series,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “This is high school and life in small-town USA told on the scale of a big rock’n’roll musical. It’s Grease 2.0 but with the same spirit, energy, and excitement you immediately think of when you hear any of these iconic songs. You’re the One That I Want!” 

Said Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television, “Grease is one of the most beloved Paramount titles and it’s a thrill to be re-imagining it for today’s audience with our good friends at Temple Hill and Picturestart. When Bob Greenblatt called about bringing it to television, we knew we would be in the perfect hands because of our great working relationship with HBO Max and Bob’s genuine passion for musicals and Grease in particular.”

Picturestart and Temple Hill will serve as executive producers and Paramount Television and Picturestart will produce the series. Additionally, Temple Hill, Picturestart and Paramount Pictures are in development on a feature film prequel to Grease, entitled Summer Lovin’.

THIS SHOCKTOBER, OTT CHANNEL MIDNIGHT PULP RAIDS THE '80s HORROR VAULTS FOR A VERY SPECIAL STREAMING COLLECTION FEATURING ARROW FILMS' CLASSICS!

    
THIS SHOCKTOBER, OTT CHANNEL MIDNIGHT PULP
RAIDS THE '80s HORROR VAULTS FOR A VERY SPECIAL 
STREAMING COLLECTION FEATURING ARROW FILMS' CLASSICS!
 
MIDNIGHT PULP PRESENTS: TOTALLY RAD 
HALLOWEEN SLASHTACULAR - MAX EDITION!!!
 
Highlights in the Gore-iffically-Curated Selection Include Brain Damage, Basket Case, Chopping Mall, Doom Asylum, Microwave MassacreRe-Animator, The Slayer, The Zero Boysand More!
 
New York, NY (October 15, 2019) - This Shocktober, genre streamer MIDNIGHT PULP unearths a timelessly terrifying collection of '80s horror classics with the TOTALLY RAD HALLOWEEN SLASHTACULAR - MAX EDITION!!! Chock full of chills and thrills, the hand-picked selections offers genre fans a gore-nucopia of things to keep them up at night, including some fan favorites from Arrow Films, such as DOOM ASYLUM, MICROWAVE MASSACRE, RE-ANIMATOR and BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, CONTAMINATION and more! TOTALLY RAD HALLOWEEN SLASHTACULAR - MAX EDITION!!! is available now, exclusively at MidnightPulp.com.
 
After the '70s ushered in a decade of theatrical horror for the masses, the '80s spawned a slew of horror franchises, featuring "buckets of blood, terrorized teens, thousands of imaginative ways to dies and just the right amount of cheese" (Amy Skorheim, Gearmoose), and Midnight Pulp celebrates this demented decade in unforgettable fashion, featuring a murderer's row of compulsively watchable films guaranteed to have Joe Bob Briggs crowing with delight! And while most of the TOTALLY RAD HALLOWEEN SLASHTACULAR - MAX EDITION!!! is available to horror lovers through a no-charge AVOD freemium model, some of the films highlighted below - too gory for prime-time -- are part of PULP+, an ad-free premium subscription starting at $4.99, which offers select exclusive releases, special features and more.  
 
TOTALLY RAD HALLOWEEN SLASHTACULAR - MAX EDITION!!! free AVOD selections include:


 
BRAIN DAMAGE -- From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind cult horror favorites like Basket Case and Frankenhooker, comes BRAIN DAMAGE - the ultimate head-trip! Meet Elmer. He's your local, friendly parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag. When young Brian comes under Elmer's addictive spell, it's not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite's preferred food source - brains! (US, 1988, 86 mins.)


 
CONTAMINATION -- A cargo ship drifts up the Hudson River. Its crew: all dead, their bodies horribly mutilated, turned inside out by an unknown force. Its freight: boxes upon boxes of glowing, pulsating green eggs. It soon becomes clear that these eggs are not of this planet, and someone intends to cultivate them here on Earth. But who? And to what end? Starring Italian horror veteran Ian McCulloch (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Contamination is an ultra-violent sci-fi epic that really gets under the skin. In space, no one can hear you scream - but on Earth, the terror rings loud and clear!
(1980, 95 minutes)
 


DOOM ASYLUM -- When a group of horny teens wind up on the grounds of a creepy abandoned asylum, they think they've found the perfect place to party. Little do they know that inside the building's crumbling walls lurks a freakishly deformed maniac, driven to madness by the tragic loss of his fiancée in a car accident. With an array of grisly surgical tools at his disposal, it's only a matter of time before the youngsters begin meeting various splattery ends at the hands of the ghoulish Coroner. Helmed by director Richard Friedman (Scared Stiff and Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge), and also starring Penthouse Pet of the Year 1988 Patty Mullen (Frankenhooker), Doom Asylum combines outlandish gore and a wise-cracking villain to create one of the most wildly entertainingly blood-spattered slashers of the late '80s.
 


INSEMINOID -- When a six-man, six-woman exploration team lands on a mysterious, remote planet to investigate the origins of a long-vanished civilization, they're met only by a silent, lifeless world. Unbeknownst to the interplanetary explorers, however, a strange alien creature has been waiting patiently in stasis for millions of years, biding its time until conditions are suitable to breed! (1981, 91 minutes)
 


OFFERINGS -- John Rudley (G. Michael Smith) is angry. When he was young, the local bullies pushed him to the brink. Ten years in a sanitarium is a long time. Now, after 10 years in a sanitarium, he's free -- free to release those savage frustrations, free to avenge himself against his tormentors, and, in case anyone thought he was long gone... he can't wait to have them all wrapped up. Remember him, before he dismembers you in this late '80s slasher classic from director Christopher Reynolds. (1989, 94 minutes)
 


RE-ANIMATOR -- Conducting clandestine experiments within the morgue at Miskatonic University, scientist Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) reveals to fellow graduate student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) his ground-breaking work concerning the re-animation of fresh corpses. West's secret reagent is a powerful injection with the capacity to give life where there is none --destined to capture the imagination of the entire scientific community. However between life and death is a thin thread of understanding and when obsession gets the better of West there is no stopping his wicked ways--dead or alive! Based on a story by genre writer H.P. Lovecraft, this beloved '80s classic was called "one of the greatest horror films ever made" by Entertainment Weekly. (1985, 105 minutes)

THE FINAL TERROR -- A group of young campers out for what they hope will be a fun-filled weekend find their plans spoiled by a disguised, merciless killer who stalks the forest in search of new victims. Soon they are caught in a terrifying web of bloodshed and murder. It is up to the remaining few to defend themselves and put an end to the terror-filled weekend. Featuring a great cast including Rachel Ward (The Thornbirds), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill, Blade Runner), Adrian Zmed (Bachelor Party), Mark Metcalf (Zero Dark Thirty), Lewis Smith (Django Unchained) and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, The Fugitive) and directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Under Siege) this pulse-pounding film is the final word in backwoods horror. (1983, 84 minutes)
 


THE SLAYER -- For years slasher fans were desperate to get their hands on a copy of The Slayer, an elusive but beloved paragon of the genre. Two young couples set off to a secluded island for what promises to be a restful retreat. But the peace is short-lived: as a storm batters the island, troubled artist Kay begins to sense that a malevolent presence is here with them, stalking them at every turn. Is she losing her mind, or are her childhood nightmares of a demonic assailant coming to terrifying life? This HD restoration, previously only available on home video in truncated or full screen versions, is available to stream right here on Midnight Pulp. (1982, 80 minutes)


 
THE ZERO BOYS -- From cult director Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death, Hired to Kill), comes this genre-bending '80s classic with gruesome sequences that anticipate the torture porn horrors of Hostel and Saw. For a group of young friends, a weekend of survival games in the wilderness turns into a genuine battle of life and death when one of them turns up dead. Hunted by a bloodthirsty band of maniacs intent on slaughtering them one-by-one, the self-styled "Zero Boys" must now play their war games for real. Starring Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall) and featuring an early score from the legendary Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy), THE ZERO BOYS mixes action, survival and all-out slasher movie elements in a thrilling horror yarn that falls somewhere between Friday the 13th and Deliverance. (1986, 89 minutes)
 
UNINVITED -- After a sinister corporation loses control of a house cat infected with a genetically engineered virus, it finds its way on board the yacht of a criminal kingpin and the death toll rises sharply during the mutant feline's rampage. George Kennedy, Clu Gulager and Alex Cord star in this killer kitty splatterfest that just might scare you out of one of your nine lives!
 
WITCH FROM NEPAL -- An architect's vacation to Nepal takes a turn for the supernatural in this terrifying action adventure starring legendary actor Chow Yun-fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, A Better Tomorrow.) Witches and cat demons abound when a mountain tribe gives him magical powers, and he soon finds himself forced to use his newfound powers to destroy an evil force in this Hong Kong genre classic. (1986, 94 minutes) 
 
Premium PULP+ films in theTOTALLY RAD HALLOWEEN SLASHTACULAR - MAX EDITION!!! include:
 
ANGST - Photographed by legendary Oscar-winning Polish animator/ experimentalist Zbig Rybczynski and scored by Krautrock synth god Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream), ANGST is a stylized and shockingly visceral experience called "essential arthouse horror" by Film Comment. In this slasher classic, Erwin Leder (Das Boot, Schindler's List) plays a maniacal killer based on the real-life serial murderer Werner Kniesek. As he stalks through the bland Viennese countryside, the film's innovative first-person camerawork grabs viewers by the throat, never letting go.   Directed by Gerlad Kargl, ANGST was banned in many countries for its graphic content. (1983, 87 minutes)
 
BASKET CASE - The feature debut of director Frank Henenlotter (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker), 1982's Basket Case is perhaps his most revered - a riotous and blood-spattered midnight movie experience. Duane Bradley is a pretty ordinary guy. His formerly conjoined twin Belial, on the other hand, is a deformed, fleshy lump whom he carries around in a wicker basket. Arriving in the Big Apple and taking up a room at the seedy Hotel Broslin, the pair set about hunting down and butchering the surgeons responsible for their separation. But tensions flare up when Duane starts spending time with a pretty blonde secretary, and Belial's homicidal tendencies reach bloody new extremes in BASKET CASE, which has clawed its way from its humble origins to become one of the most celebrated cult movies of all time. (91 minutes, 1982)
 


BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR -- The success of Stuart Gordon's hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR - this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) - would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits. It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life - starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan's dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong in this worthy successor to Gordon's original cult classic... (US, 1989, 97 mins.)
 


CHOPPING MALL -- High-tech robots equipped with state-of-the-art security devices have been recruited as the new mechanical night watchmen for the Park Plaza Mall. When a jolting bolt of lightning short circuits the main computer control, the robots turn into killbots...preying on unsuspecting shoppers, including a group ofteenagerstrying to cozy up in a mattress store after hours. This genre-bending cult hit, by celebrated genre director Jim Wynorski, stars '80s scream queen Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, The Zero Boys). (1986, 76 minutes)
 
DEATH WARMED UP -- Three years before Peter Jackson's Bad Taste, a young New Zealand filmmaker sprayed international movie screens with brains, blood and bizarre body fluids for the first splatter movie in Kiwi history. Director David Blyth launched his genre career with this relentlessly graphic - and still-intense- story of mad doctors, nude teens, psychotic mutants, shotgun murders, power drill lobotomies, explosive action and punk attitude that AXS.com calls "weird, wonky and one hell of a ride that will have gorehounds howling!" (184, 79 minutes)


 
MICROWAVE MASSACRE -- In this twisted '80s cult classic, a disgruntled construction worker, Donald (legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon), unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life - his nagging wife and his lack of decent meals - when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains--which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he's acquired a taste for human flesh one serving can't satisfy. (1983, 76 minutes)
 
NEXT OF KIN -- Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Ghost) stars in this action-packed thriller as a dedicated Chicago cop with roots deeply embedded in the Appalachian backwoods. When the mob cruelly inflicts tragedy on his family, he is forced to put his loyalties to the test, and a violent clash of clans results. Co-starring Academy Award®-nominees Liam Neeson (Cold Pursuit) and Michael J. Pollard (Bonnie and Clyde), Ben Stiller (Zoolander 2, There's Something About Mary), Adam Baldwin (Wyatt Earp). (1989, 89 minutes)


 
THE DEVIL'S HONEY -- In perhaps his most rarely seen film, Godfather Of Gore Lucio Fulci takes on the erotic thriller genre and unleashes the ultimate onslaught of glossy depravity: Brett Halsey (Demonia, The Return of the Fly), Corinne Cléry (The Story of O, Moonraker) and Blanca Marsillach star in this insane S&M saga complete with sodomy, torture, torrid romance, and a jaw-dropping cavalcade of kink that Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci calls "demented and hot...good sleazy fun and perhaps Fulci's last truly enjoyable film." Stefano Madia (Body Count), Bernard Seray (Hell of the Living Dead)
 
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Are we all not Jokers?

While it's human nature to compare and contrast, I think no one should be holding anyone's interpretation of the Joker on the big screen as if it were a contest. Like the Actors who played James Bond, there will be people who will always hold Ledger as their favorite in the same way people hold Connery as their definitive 007. Point I am making is we should appreciate the performances and understand that our world changes a lot faster now than ever before. We identify with Phoenix's work because it is actually very contemporary. However when Batman came out in 1989, Nicholson's portrayal was more celebrated than Keaton's Batman. Today Keaton gets a lot more respect for playing the caped crusader because that version of Batman still resonates while Nicholson's Joker does not. It just seems more cartoony and underdeveloped. Yet no one thinks Nicholson is not as gifted an Actor as Phoenix and no one should discount Leto's work when comparing it to Phoenix. He did the best he could with what he had to work with. A Joker sequel feels like it will undermine the original purpose for the movie's existence as well as lesson the mystique in Phoenix's performance. Sometimes less is more. If you made it to the end of this comment, thank you regardless if you agree or disagree and I will close by stating I should follow my own advice and not write an essay when people just want a comment and I agree. Less is more would have been ideal, but sometimes you just have do what you do and hope for the best. Thank you.

(The above was originally written in response to a YouTube video about Leto's Joker in the wake of Phoenix's portrayal.)

(C) Copyright 2019 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

How To Train Your Dragon: Homeconing

 
In celebration of the hugely popular DreamWorks Animation film trilogy, an all-new holiday special will air on NBC December 3 at 8:30am ET/PT. Original Cast Members Jay BaruchelAmerica FerreraGerard Butler and Craig Ferguson will return for the animated half-hour epic adventure! "How To Train Your Dragon Homecoming" will take place 10 years after the end of the trilogy and just before the emotional epilogue in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World!

This holiday season, Universal Brand Development is also celebrating the popular trilogy and upcoming TV special with all-new toys, available now. Check out more info below on "How To Train Your Dragon Homecoming" and the new line of toys!
 
DreamWorks Dragons: Hatching Baby Toothless
Licensee: Spin Master
SRP: $59.99 each
Age Range: 3+
Available: Now
RetailerTarget, Mass
Hatch and train your very own baby dragon Toothless! Utilizing Hatchimals technology, Toothless comes to life inside the egg. He moves, makes sounds and his eyes light up to let you know he’s inside. Tap on the egg to hear Toothless tap back and shake it around to get him aggravated enough to hatch out of the egg! Outside of his egg, Toothless is ready for fun and adventure. Play games with him like Ask Toothless, Hot Potato, and Toothless Says. Teach him how to fly, dive bomb and plasma blast – and watch as his head, wings and ears really move! Toothless will respond with roars as you make him soar through the sky and lets out a loving purr when you place your hand over his head. After a long day of training, he gets a little hungry!

DreamWorks Dragons: Baby Dragon Plush with Plastic Egg
Licensee: Spin Master
SRP: $5.99 each
Age Range: 3+
Available: Now
Retailer: WalmartTarget, Mass
Crack open a plastic dragon egg to find an adorable, 3-inch tall plush creature from DreamWorks’ How to Train You Dragon: The Hidden World! Your new friend fits in the palm of your hand and is ready to be your magical companion for dragon adventure play! When it’s time to rest, use the bottom of the egg as your dragon’s nest. The Dragon Egg Plush friends are the perfect gift for kids and dragon trainers aged 4 and up. Use your new dragon to recreate exciting scenes from the fantastical DreamWorks movie, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Which baby dragon will you take home?
DreamWorks Dragon & Viking Set
Licensee: Spin Master
SRP: $14.99
Age Range: 3+
Available: Now
Retailer: Walmart, Mass
Poseable figure and Dragon: get fired up for battle with Stormfly and Astrid! Each Viking figure has authentic armor as seen in the movie, removable weapon, and poseable head, arms, and legs. Each Dragon figure has movable wings and legs so you can create battle-ready poses. for kids and Dragon trainers aged 4 and up. You can add more heroic Dragon & Viking duos to your collection and imagine all-new adventures!
 
DreamWorks Dragons Hidden World Gift Set
Licensee: Spin Master
SRP: $29.99
Age Range: 4+
Available: Now
RetailerTarget, Mass
Swoop into battle with Toothless and Lightfury, and their Viking friend, Hiccup. For Dreamwork Dragon fans ages 4 and up! Includes: 2 Dragons, 1 Figure, 1 Crystal Accessory, 1 Weapon Accessory, 1 Projectile, Instructions, 3 x LR44 batteries.
 
CHECK OUT EVEN MORE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON PRODUCTS HERE!
 
“How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming,” a half-hour animated special that brings the beloved characters of DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed “How to Train Your Dragon” film trilogy back together for the holidays, is set to premiere on NBC on Dec. 3, 2019, at 8:30 PM ET/PT.

“How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming” will feature the return of Jay Baruchel as the voice of Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid, Gerard Butler as Stoick, Craig Ferguson as Gobber, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs. Taking place just before the emotional epilogue from the last installment of the film trilogy – and 10 years after the end of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” – “How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming” opens with Hiccup and Toothless sharing stories of their special relationship with their respective families as they prepare for the Snoggletog Festival.

When it becomes clear that the new generation of Vikings doesn’t remember the bond between dragon and human, Hiccup makes a plan to celebrate dragons with a grand holiday pageant. This heartwarming idea leads to a series of hilarious and exciting events, but no matter the circumstance, everyone in New Berk – young and old alike – is reminded that dragons and humans are forever bonded.

DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” film trilogy has earned more than $500 million domestically, including a $55 million opening weekend for the third film when it was released in February.

“How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming” also will be available on DVD Dec. 3, 2019, and on Digital Dec. 4, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Digital and DVD versions come packed with special bonus features, including an inside look at the animation test featuring the breakout stars of the holiday special, the baby dragons known as Night Lights.

“How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming” will be available on Hulu beginning Dec. 5, 2019.

The holiday special is directed by Tim Johnson (Home, Antz), written by Jonathan Groff (black-ish) and Jon Pollack (Modern Family), and associate produced by Craig Rittenbaum (DreamWorks Dragons).

Ghosts, Monsters and Haunted Thieves Invade TNT with Supernatural Marathon Airing on Halloween

Ghosts, Monsters and Haunted Thieves Invade TNT with Supernatural Marathon Airing on Halloween

This Halloween, TNT is delivering fans a wickedly-sweet binge with a nine-hour Supernatural marathon, starting at 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., spanning six seasons of the most thrilling episodes from the fan-favorite series. From ghosts to monsters, haunted thieves and even Scooby Doo, TNT is your destination for getting into the Halloween spirit.
 
In the series, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force twenty-six years ago. Subsequently, their father John raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America ... and he taught them how to kill it.

Watch the Promo Herehttps://youtu.be/E7FkV7lWTRg
 
Please find the full schedule below.
 
Thursday, October 31: 

Episode 3.03 – “Bad Day at Black Rock” 
10:00a.m.-11:00 a.m. ET/PT

Sam and Dean come in contact with a rabbit's foot that gives them good luck until a thief steals it from Sam, giving him bad luck. His bad luck continues when he's kidnapped by the mentor of a hunter who believes he still has his powers.
 
Episode 3.11 – “The Mystery Spot”
11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. ET/PT

Dean is killed after looking into a case about the disappearance of a man with Sam. The next morning, Sam is shocked to find Dean alive and is hit with the realization he is reliving the day before.           

Episode 3.13 – “Ghostfacers”
12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. ET/PT

While investigating Morton Mansion, Sam and Dean become inadvertent participants in a new reality show named Ghostfacers. As events turn deadly and the team are trapped, the investigation becomes a battle to survive until morning.   

Episode 4.05 – “Monster Movie”
1:00p.m.-2:00p.m. ET/PT

Sam and Dean investigate a town plagued with monsters from classic black-and-white horror movies. 
 
Episode 4.06 – “Yellow Fever”
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. ET/PT

Sam and Dean investigate the deaths of several men who seemingly died of fright. Dean becomes infected with it starting as anxiety then leading to a full-blown terror which ends in death. Sam and Bobby race against time to save Dean. 
 
Episode 5.08 – “Changing Channels”
3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. ET/PT

Dean and Sam find themselves mystically trapped in a series of real-life TV shows and there appears to be no escape. They believe their old enemy the Trickster is responsible but discover someone or something else is involved.
 
Episode 6.15 – “The French Mistake”
4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. ET/PT

 Sam and Dean are transported to an alternate universe, where they are actors on a TV show called Supernatural and are named Jared Padalecki and Jense Ackles, and they must avoid an angelic hit man who is pursuing them.

Episode 8.08 – “Hunter Heroici”
5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. ET/PT

Castiel joins Sam and Dean as a hunter, and together, they investigate a series of small-town murders wherein each of them resembles a cartoon death.     
 
Episode 13.16 – “ScoobyNatural”
6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. ET/PT

Sam, Dean and Castiel are transported into the animated world of Scooby Doo; and they join forces with the Scooby gang to solve a ghostly mystery.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season Watch as the Battle to Free Krypton Begins When the Blu-ray™ & DVD Become Available January 14, 2020

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

MARVEL TELEVISION AND HULU ANNOUNCE CAST FOR LIVE-ACTION SERIES "MARVEL'S HELSTROM"

MARVEL TELEVISION AND HULU ANNOUNCE CAST FOR LIVE-ACTION SERIES

"MARVEL'S HELSTROM"

 

The Ensemble Cast Features Tom Austen, Sydney Lemmon, Elizabeth Marvel,

Robert Wisdom, June Carryl, Ariana Guerra, and Alain Uy

 

Los Angeles, October 8, 2019 – Marvel Television and HULU have announced casting for MARVEL’S HELSTROM - the live-action series based on the popular Marvel comic book. The series will mark Marvel’s first foray into terror and is slated for debut in 2020.

 

In MARVEL’S HELSTROM, Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity — each with their attitude and skills.

 

To download cast photos, click HERE

 

Tom Austen (“Grantchester,” “The Borgias”) as Daimon Helstrom - A professor of ethics who moonlights as an exorcist, Daimon has no illusions about saving a world he has no patience for; he just hopes he can help a few of the people closest to him. In his battle against a hidden world, Daimon is determined to root out demons as they arise, and will not stop until they're vanquished.  

 

Sydney Lemmon (“Succession” “Fear of The Walking Dead”) as Ana Helstrom - By day, Ana runs a successful auction house and suffers no fools, but her true interest lies in hunting down those who hurt others. Traumatized by her father as a child, Ana is driven to rid the world of those like him, even as she secretly worries her father will return.  

 

Elizabeth Marvel (“Homeland,” ”The Meyerowitz Stories”) as Victoria Helstrom -Plagued by demons both real and imagined, Victoria has been institutionalized for twenty years. While she struggles to be herself, she hopes to repair her relationship with her children. 

 

Robert Wisdom (“Ballers,” ”Watchmen”) as Caretaker -  Caretaker is a guardian of knowledge of the occult. He uses his knowledge and his relationship with Ana to help keep demonic forces at bay. 

 

June Carryl (“Mindhunter,” “Dead Women Walking”) as Dr. Louise Hastings - A psychologist with a strong faith but an open mind, Hastings is head of the psychiatric hospital where Victoria is being monitored. She has watched over the Helstrom family for years, caring for them as best she can. 

 

Ariana Guerra (“Raising Dion,” “Insatiable”) as Gabriella Rosetti - A woman balancing logic and faith, Gabriella arrives from the Vatican to help Daimon and Hastings uncover cases of demonic possession. She wants to save everyone she can, including Daimon.  

 

Alain Uy (“The Passage,” “Paper Tigers”) as Chris Yen - Yen is Ana's business partner and her closest friend -- some would say surrogate brother. He carries out the bulk of the auction house's responsibilities and assists Ana with whatever she needs.  

 

“We feel incredibly fortunate to have landed a cast loaded with this much talent,” said series Executive Producer and Showrunner Paul Zbyszewski. “From the beginning, we knew we’d need a group of actors who were multifaceted, who could play all the chords any great Marvel show promises to play, from dramatic thriller to comedy to action. It’s going to be really fun to watch them work.”

 

"Marvel Television is thrilled to have such an amazing cast that enriches Paul's fantastic writing,” said Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. "The ensemble is the perfect way to bring our audience into our Adventure into Fear franchise causing delicious nightmares of what's to come!"

 

Marvel’s Helstrom is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios, part of Disney Television Studios.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Snowpiercer Sneak-Peek Revealed at New York Comic Con

TNT has revealed a sneak-peek teaser clip from its post-apocalyptic, sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer at New York Comic Con in homage to its graphic novel routes. TNT presented a panel featuring Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs, Emmy® nominee Alison WrightMickey Sumner, Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena HallSheila VandSteven Ogg and executive producer and showrunner Graeme Manson

Watch the Teaser Herehttps://youtu.be/XMny78adwhI


Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a 1001 car, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation based on the acclaimed movie and graphic novel series of the same name.

The series will premiere in Spring 2020 on TNT.

Snowpiercer is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by TomorrowStudios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; showrunner Graeme Manson, who wrote the first episode; director James HawesMatthew O’ConnorScott Derrickson, and the original film's producers Bong Joon HoMiky LeeTae-sung JeongPark Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Rocketman: 4K UltraHD + Blu-ray + Digital Review


Rocketman is a hybrid biopic and musical about the life of Elton John and stars Taron Egerton in the lead role as a young to near middle age Elton John as we watch his auspicious beginnings as a child prodigy able to play anything heard on a piano back for the listener, which gets him a seat at a prestigious school where he develops his talents and then eventually meets his long time lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, who is played by Jamie Bell. Rocketman chronicles John’s rise to superstardom as well as his fight with alcoholism, drug and sex addiction until he finally goes into rehab and like his famous hit song “I’m Still Standing,” we get the gateway of sorts from the Elton John of the 1970s with his outrageous costumes he would wear on stage while he performed to the secure survivor who is a Knight and one of the most respected and talented music artists living globally. I hope aspiring music artists find inspiration in Elton’s life to overcome their issues and grow as artists no matter what kind of work they do. Taron Egerton actually sings the songs and he sounds great and this film in many ways is the perfect companion to last year’s hit film, Bohemian Rhapsody.

The 4K Ultra HD Edition is nothing short of a revelation to behold. The colors and clarity simply pop. Even in 1080p full HD this is in my humble opinion a reference quality screening disc to impress your friends and family. It stands to reason the Dolby ATMOS Soundtrack matches the picture in bringing the theatrical experience alive as close as possible for the viewer whether you have a home theater in your basement or your living-room. If you liked the film on the big screen, you will love it on your home screen. 

Extra value features are overflowing and a challenge to chronicle, but I will give it a shot. Over 75 minutes of bonus materials are within this set and include four extended musical sequences introduced by Director Dexter Fletcher and there are also ten deleted scenes as well as 13 sing-along tracks, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews as well as an additional three featurettes and two more deleted scenes for the Apple TV iTunes Digital Copy that is included as a limited time only redeemable code within the Blue BD Case. Also for a limited time the combo pack comes with a collectible booklet with a special message from Elton John for fans of Rocketman

Easily one of the best Blu-ray Disc releases of the year, Rocketman is available on 4K UltraHD Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack, Blu-ray Disc and DVD as well as Digital Copy at retailers on and offline courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.

(C) Copyright 2019 By Mark A. Rivera

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The Banana Splits Movie Blu-ray Disc Review


It is hard not to think of the classic song that accompanied the Hanna-Barbera series that featured men in giant animated character looking animal costumes, who were together known as The Banana Splits. Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky and Drooper are back at it again for not now instead of men in suits they are murderous robots that put on a horror show for a captive kid audience where they execute in no uncertain terms hapless adults, including parents. Well in 2019 if you want to bring the Banana Splits into a feature film and be relevant for both suspecting and unsuspecting nostalgia viewers all the way to millennials, who never heard of characters, much less seen them, making a horror film, which I suppose you can state is also a dark comedy is the way to go though make no mistake, this is not for children. 

With the film about to air on Syfy and available on Blu-ray Disc now, I thought this is the way people should view it. Uncut and with extra value features that include “Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre,” a dark coverage of the horror that unfolds, a Terror On The Set featurette and a behind the scenes look at the making of the film, which is included on the DVD, but the other featurettes are exclusive to the Blu-ray Disc. 

Picture quality is sharp and vibrant as one would expect for Blu-ray Disc with a 1080p Full HD 16 By 9 widescreen format presentation coupled with English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound and English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired. A DVD is included along with a code for a limited time only redeemable Digital Copy of the film. The Banana Splits is available now at retailers on and offline courtesy of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.

(C) Copyright 2019 By Mark A. Rivera.
All Rights Reserved.