Thursday, February 20, 2020

Two Iconic Titans to Clash Onscreen and at Retail with Exciting GODZILLA VS. KONG Global Programs

TWO ICONIC TITANS TO CLASH ONSCREEN AND AT RETAIL WITH EXCITING

GODZILLA VS. KONGGLOBAL PROGRAMS

 

 

The much-anticipated epic action adventure’s retail and merchandise partnerships to provide fans with a robust offering of products and experiences in time for the film’s November 20, 2020, global release

 

 

BURBANK, Calif., February 20, 2020 – As excitement builds for the November 20, 2020, release of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action adventure Godzilla vs. KongLegendary and Toho Co. Ltd. have announced an exciting slate of licensees that will deliver a diverse offering of merchandise and experiences to fans as they gear up to see two of cinema’s biggest icons battle it out on the big screen. International toy titan Playmates has been named master toy partner, with forthcoming products themed to Godzilla vs. Kong, as well as additional product lines inspired by Legendary and Warner Bros.’s Monsterverse and Classic Toho Monsters. 

 

Also teaming up with the much-anticipated film is an expansive roster of partners, including the leading global manufacturer of licensed apparel and accessories, Bioworld; the preeminent designer and manufacturer of costumes, Rubies; leading pop culture consumer product company Funko; interactive live-action adventure escape room producer 60Out; and virtual reality content studio, The Virtual Reality Company (VRC).

 

“Kong and Godzilla permeate every aspect of pop culture, and we are excited to bring them back to the forefront of the zeitgeist with our best-in-class partners,” said James Ngo, Executive Vice President, Franchise Management, at Legendary Entertainment. “We are also working to expand this program into gaming, fashion, sports, food & beverage and more in order to create additional entry points for fans to engage with these two larger-than-life titans.”

 

“Godzilla has become a beloved international figure since its first film nearly 65 years ago,” said Keiji Ota, Chief Godzilla Officer (CGO) of Toho.  “We’re thrilled to work with these companies to bring the awesome power of Godzilla vs. Kong to life with toys and products for kids of all ages.”

 

Additionally, the Godzilla vs. Kongpublishing program, which is being rolled out by Legendary Comics, will include two graphic novels, an art book, novelizations, and children’s books, offering fans a chance to delve deeper into the adventures of the great Godzilla and mighty Kong.

 

About Godzilla vs. Kong:

On November 20, 2020, comes the epic next chapter in Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse, Godzilla vs. Kong, starring Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, with Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir, under the direction of Adam Wingard. In a time when monsters walk the Earth, Godzilla vs. Kong explores humanity’s fight for its future as the titans are set on a collision course resulting in a spectacular battle for the ages. Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag: #GodzillavsKong on social media.

 

About Legendary:

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world's most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $17 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com.

 

About Toho:

Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful content for motion pictures, television and theater. Founded in 1932, it remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include Toho Cinemas, the highest grossing exhibition company in Japan. To learn more, visit: www.toho.co.jp/en/.

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Why I Love Star Wars And It's Mythic Resonation In My Life.

I grew up on Star Wars with the first film hitting me at the perfect age of 8 back in 1977. For me Luke Skywalker was my hero. I identified with him and the morals Star Wars taught resonated greatly in my life. From the classics to the prequels and now the sequels, I feel a lot of things about life, including how to live a humble and good life, checking one's ego at the door, the nature of becoming an adult and realizing not everything in life is black and white, but a lot of grey and that depends upon a perspective of the individual. Even the identifying nature of evil resonates as one compares Palpatine with Sauron in The Lord of the Rings, Jadis, The White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as well as the most evil thing in the world, the pursuit of power for power's sake as seen in Orwell's 1984. Lucas did humanity a great service that not even he fully realizes in my opinion. 

(C) Copyright 2020 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

LOOKING FOR ALASKA DVD Arrives April 21, 2020 with Over 40 Minutes of Bonus Content, Including Deleted Scenes and an Exclusive Interview with John Green

OWN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED LIMITED SERIES BASED ON 
JOHN GREEN’S AWARD-WINNING NOVEL 

 

LOOKING FOR ALASKA

 

DVD Arrives April 21, 2020 with Over 40 Minutes of Bonus Content, Including Deleted Scenes and an Exclusive Interview with John Green 

               

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Called “beautiful and idealized, foreboding, and entirely relatable” (The Daily Beast), the limited series LOOKING FOR ALASKA debuts on DVD April 21, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Based on author John Green’s (“The Fault In Our Stars”) award-winning first novel of the same name, LOOKING FOR ALASKA is a moving story of friendship, love and loss.  With a 92% average Tomatometer and 93% average audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, the limited series was embraced by critics and viewers alike when it debuted on Hulu in October of 2019.  

The 3-disc DVD set includes all eight episodes, plus over 40 minutes of fan-centric bonus content, including 18 never-before-seen deleted scenes and two featurettes that incorporate an exclusive interview with John Green.

LOOKING FOR ALASKA follows Miles “Pudge” Halter (Charlie Plummer) who is searching for a deeper perspective on life and decides to enroll at the boarding school Culver Creek Academy. He finds a loyal group of friends and falls in love with Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth). After an unexpected tragedy, the close group of friends tries to cope with everything they’ve been through and find some answers along the way.


“Looking for Alaska” is the award-winning, genre-defining debut novel from John Green, the #1 international bestselling author of “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Turtles All the Way Down.” With millions of copies sold, the novel, which was released in 2005, is a New York Times best seller, a USA Today best seller, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and one of TIME Magazine‘s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time. Green was awarded the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for “Looking for Alaska,” which was also named as one of America’s Best Loved Novels in a national survey conducted by PBS’ The Great American Read initiative.

Created for television by Josh Schwartz (“The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl”), the series comes from Paramount Television Studios and Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire. Savage and Schwartz serve as executive producers alongside Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, John Green, and Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill. Fake Empire exec Lis Rowinski is co-executive producer. Sarah Adina Smith (“Hanna” and “Legion”) directed the first episode.

 

Announce - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Digital 3/17 and Blu-ray3/31



Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams’ riveting, inspiring conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, arrives on Digital March 17 and Blu-ray March 31. The in-home release comes with over two hours of bonus material, including a feature-length, making-of documentary and behind-the-scenes access to the cast and filmmakers who brought the epic scenes and characters to life!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Everything you want from a Star Wars film.” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety



OWN THE FINAL FILM IN THE CONCLUSION OF THE SKYWALKER SAGA






Over two hours of bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary and behind-the-scenes access to the cast and filmmakers who brought the epic scenes and characters to life


BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2020)— Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams’ riveting, inspiring conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, electrified audiences around the globe, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Soon fans can complete their collections when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on March 17, two weeks before it lands physically in 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 31.

Bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary, which goes behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and explores the legacy of the Skywalker saga. Bonus features also dig into the film’s Pasaana desert scenes, including the thrilling landspeeder chase, and the ship in which Rey discovers family secrets as well as a new little droid named D-O. Plus, fans will hear from Warwick Davis, who reprises his role as Wicket the Ewok, as well as the creature effects team that created a record 584 creatures and droids for the film. Digital consumers will receive an exclusive feature highlighting legendary composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga.



Bonus features include*:
  • The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
  • Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
  • D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
  • Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
  • Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life!
Digital Exclusive:
  • The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

The ninth and final episode in the Skywalker saga welcomed the return of original characters Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Emperor Palpatine and Lando Calrissian, along with the latest generation of heroes and villains, including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Maz, Rose, General Hux and Kylo Ren. Newcomers include Jannah, a new ally of the Resistance; Allegiant General Pryde of the First Order; and smuggler Zorii Bliss.



Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their at-home viewing experience. The Multiscreen Edition includes Blu-ray and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K UHD Ultimate Collector’s Edition, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD paired with fully immersive picture and sound and Dolby Atmos audio, allowing viewers at home to practically feel the Force.



On March 31, coinciding with the physical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, eight Star Wars films are being released on 4K UHD for the first time: Star Wars: The Phantom MenaceStar Wars: Attack of the ClonesStar Wars: Revenge of the SithStar Wars: A New HopeStar Wars: The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars: Return of the JediStar Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:


FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 142 min.

RATING: PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF
ASPECT RATIO: 2.39:1            
AUDIO:
4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
HD Digital = English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
SD Digital = English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)
SUBTITLES:
4K UHD Blu-ray = English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and French
Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French
DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French
Digital = English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Celebrate the Anniversaries of Two Best Picture Academy Award®Winners with Limited Edition 4K Blu-ray™Steelbooks BRAVEHEART GLADIATOR

Celebrate the Anniversaries of Two Best Picture Academy Award®Winners with Limited Edition 4K Blu-raySteelbooks

 

BRAVEHEART

GLADIATOR

 

Critically Acclaimed Epics Arrive May 5, 2020

 

The exhilarating, triumphant, and award-winning masterpieces BRAVEHEARTand GLADIATOR will arrive in Limited Edition 4K Blu-ray Steelbooks on May 5, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

 

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020,BRAVEHEART won five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.  The richly detailed saga of power, passion, and the fight for freedom stars Mel Gibson (who also took home the Oscar® for Best Director) as William Wallace, a bold Scotsman who rallies his countrymen to liberation from oppressive English rule.  The 4K Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film and previously released commentary by Mel Gibson on both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray presentations, along with more than two hours of previously released bonus content, including interactive timelines, a making-of documentary, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

 

Originally released on May 5, 2000, director Ridley Scott’s GLADIATORcelebrates its 20th anniversary.  Also a winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film is an unparalleled combination of vivid action and extraordinary storytelling.  Russell Crowe won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of a Roman general who is betrayed by a corrupt prince (Joaquin Phoenix) and comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.  The 4K Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film and both theatrical and extended versions of the feature on 4K Ultra HD, along with two separate commentaries.  The two Blu-ray Discs included in the set boast over four hours of previously released bonus content, including commentaries on both versions of the film, a comprehensive documentary about the making of the movie, featurettes, deleted scenes, and more. 


Monday, February 17, 2020

THE VINYL REVIVAL Fascinating documentary from the makers of Last Shop Standing exploring the renaissance in all things vinyl

 
THE VINYL REVIVAL

Fascinating documentary from the makers of Last Shop Standing exploring the renaissance in all things vinyl 

Arriving on DVD on April 10th via Wienerworld (UK)

Includes interviews from Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Philip Selway (Radiohead), Ade Utley (Portishead), Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), The Orielles, CASSIA and many more


From the makers of the acclaimed Last Shop Standing, this new film, The Vinyl Revival, charts the amazing revival of vinyl over the past several years. The film explores the whys and hows with industry pundits, artists, record shop owners, vinyl fans and many more.  

Directed and produced by Pip Piper, we hear from passionate new record shop owners as well the established die-hards still going and thriving. The film discusses the importance of the record shop and vinyl as a whole. We answer the why's of vinyl's revival, the human need for belonging, the love of history and the stories of how the humble little record shop has shaped so many lives.

Record collecting has lost its image as a hobby for middle-aged men and become instead a pursuit of the most fashion-conscious consumer. Will it last? What is the future for record shops when vinyl becomes less fashionable? Why are we in danger of another record shop decline? Why must we support these bastions of culture?

Features an 8 page booklet chronicling the making of the film, with contributions from director Pip Piper (Last Shop Standing) and author Graham Jones.

"The vinyl record is the equivalent of whether you have the tea bag or the Japanese tea ceremony; the tea ceremony is the right way to approach music." 
Nick Mason, Pink Floyd 

"It's a Lazarus moment." 
Phil Barton of Sister Ray and ERA 

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

M.O.M. (MOTHERS OF MONSTERS) Unveils True to Life Nightmare March 13th

M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters) Takes Unflinching Look 
at the Making of Murderers
Bailey Edwards Makes Mesmerizing Debut in Found Footage Thriller
Opens at the Arena Cinelounge in Los Angeles March 13th
Nationwide Digital HD Rollout to Follow
Los Angeles, CA - Indie Rights has announced the theatrical world premiere and Digital HD rollout of Tucia Lyman's hard-hitting M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters).  Melinda Page Hamilton (Netflix's "Messiah", "How to Get Away with Murder") headlines as a troubled single mother who fears that her teenage son, played by Bailey Edwards in a star-making debut, is a duplicitous psychopath.  Desperate to know if her son is capable of murder, she begins recording him at home on a network of spy cameras. 

Of the film's genesis and release, Lyman said, "I've always been intrigued by real-life horror films that use the dysfunctions of society as a vessel to explore the truth. M.O.M. is a work of narrative fiction, but much of the behavior, scenarios, and dialogue were borrowed from the journals and publications of real-life school shooters and their parents. It is a very confronting film, much like the subject matter itself, and I hope it will contribute to the national debate surrounding mental health stigma and gun violence in America."

M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters) will open in Los Angeles for a weeklong run at the Arena Cinelounge on Friday the 13th of March, before the film premieres on Cable and Digital VOD.

Los Angeles March 13 Release:
Arena Cinelounge Sunset
Los Angeles, CA 90028.
A distraught mother (Hamilton) suspects her teenage son (Edwards) is plotting a school shooting, but when he slips through the cracks of the system, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. After installing an elaborate spy camera system in their home, Abbey captures a series of disturbing videos that confirm her worst fears. 
Torn between a mother's unconditional love and a mother's acute intuition, Abbey caters her videos to all the other "mothers of monsters" online. Abbey's plan backfires when Jacob uses a dark family secret against her, launching both mother and son on a terrifying, and ultimately deadly, game of cat and mouse.
 
M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters) Official Trailer
M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters) Official Trailer

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Indulge Your Deepest Desires Lucifer: The Complete Fourth Season Own It on DVD May 12, 2020

Indulge Your Deepest Desires

Lucifer: The Complete Fourth Season

 
Own It on DVD May 12, 2020
 
Blu-rayTM Available via Warner Archive Collection
 
BURBANK, CA (February 12, 2020) – Your date with the Devil is soon to arrive, as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you Lucifer: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD May 12, 2020. Put on your devilish grin as you indulge in all 10 hell-raising episodes from the fourth season and fulfill your deepest desires with tantilizing bonus features including deleted scenes and a gag reel. Lucifer: The Complete Fourth Season will be available at all major retailers and is priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada). Lucifer: The Complete Fourth Season will also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers on May 11, 2020.
 
Lucifer: The Complete Fourth Season will also be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-ray release includes all the bonus features on the DVD and is also arriving May 12, 2020. Warner Archive Blu-ray releases are easily found at wb.com/warnerarchive and on your favorite online retailer sites.
 
Season Four sizzles with fiendishly clever comebacks. The charismatic, handsome Lucifer Morningstar returns resurrected after Season Three’s wicked cliffhanger. His unofficial partner in crime-solving and affairs of the heart, LAPD detective Chloe Decker, returns from an extended vacation – after she saw Lucifer’s devil face for the first time and realized he was, in fact, exactly the man he always claimed to be. And, finally, new to the series but not to the Lord of Hell, comes old flame and original sinner, Eve, whose charms are as tempting to Lucifer now as the serpent’s big, red apple was to her back in the day. Does she want revenge for her expulsion from Eden all those years ago?  Or something else entirely?  Personal demons get conquered and crimes get solved. But will things ever get right with Deckerstar? Only time and ten scandalous new episodes will tell.
 
“After the phenomenal #SaveLucifer fan campaign raised hell, the eternal wait is over for the loyal Lucifans,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. "Get ready to binge-watch all 10 episodes from Season 4 with hours of frighteningly fun entertainment and frivolous adventures including never-before-seen deleted scenes, and a hilarious gag reel!”
 
The series stars Tom Ellis (Rush, EastEnders), Lauren German (Chicago Fire), Kevin Alejandro (Southland, True Blood), DB Woodside (Suits, 24), Lesley-Ann Brandt (The Librarians), Aimee Garcia (Dexter, Rush Hour), and Scarlett Estevez (Daddy’s Home), with Inbar Lavi (Prison Break, Imposters) and Rachael Harris (The Hangover, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid). Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC, Lucifer is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. Developed by Tom Kapinos (Californication), the series is executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean films), Jonathan Littman (The Amazing Race, CSI franchise), Joe Henderson (White Collar, Almost Human), Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami, Californication), Kristianne Reed (CSI: Cyber) and Jason Ning (The Expanse, Perception). 
 
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Deleted Scenes
 
10 ONE-HOUR EPISODES
  1. Everything's Okay
  2. Somebody's Been Reading Dante's Inferno
  3. O, Ye of Little Faith, Father
  4. All About Eve
  5. Expire Erect
  6. Orgy Pants to Work
  7. Devil Is As Devil Does
  8. Super Bad Boyfriend
  9. Save Lucifer
  10. Who's Da New King of Hell?
 
 
DIGITAL
The fourth season of Lucifer will be available on Digital May 11, 2020. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others.

 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Breaking News: Gravitas Ventures to Release Director/Editor Pi Ware's ("Solitude,"“The Act”) powerful new documentary “Skin Deep: The Battle Over Morgellons" Globally on VOD/Digital on March 31st, 2020

Gravitas Ventures will release Director/Editor Pi Ware's ("Solitude," “The Act”) powerful new documentary “Skin Deep: The Battle Over Morgellons,” takes a deep dive approach into the heated controversy surrounding Morgellons disease, a skin condition that most of the medical industry considers delusional. This investigative independent film has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, and will make its global VOD/Digital & DVD release across platforms everywhere on March 31st, 2020.

“Skin Deep: The Battle Over Morgellons,”explores the controversy surrounding Morgellons--a disease where fibers grow from sufferers' skin, but a disease that the medical industry considers "all in the patient's head".  The film brings to light the heated debate as to who is delusional—the patients who believe or the doctors who deny-- and whether medical treatment for Morgellons should be antibiotics or anti-psychotics. Joining director/editor Pi Ware on this film are editor Tom Putnam (“Burn,” “Marwencol”); cinematographers Sam Price-Waldman(“There Is No Place for You Here,” “Wolf Mountain”), and PJ Raval (“Call Her Ganda,” “Trouble the Water”); composer Andrew Gross (“Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny,” “Bring It On: Fight To The Finish”); producers Levon Mergian (“Searching,” “Avarice”), Patrick Belton  (“True Blood,” “Some Guy Who Kills People”), Gary Leva (“Fog City Mavericks,” “A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zeotrope”), Laura Stoddard (“Before the Fire,” “Beyond the Bolex”) & Ware; and executive producers Denise James and Jerry James.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Richard Stanley's Color Out Of Space Theatrical Review

Richard Stanley's Color Out Of Space is one of the best adaptations of an HP Lovecraft story made for both big and small screen I have ever seen. I am a fan of his first film Hardware and though I am not in possession of all the facts regarding his firing from the 1996 adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau, he appears to discuss his story of what happened in the documentary Lost Souls: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau. I am so happy Stanley is back with Color Out Of Space because I truly feel he deserves a chance to bring his unique talent and vision to cinemas once again. In this version Nicholas Cage and his family have moved into the farm his father owned in an attempt to lead a richer and healthier life. His wife (Joely Richardson) is recovering from breast cancer and has been somewhat distant from her husband since she had the mastectomy and presumably is in remission. His daughter practices incantations from a store bought copy of the Necronomicon in soft cover in the hopes that she can be sure her mother is cured and lastly she wants to leave the farm for a new life. This is a very important part of the esoteric puzzle because beginning with the daughter, many of the characters throughout the film appear to ask for things as if calling to a higher power and unfortunately, the power that arrives within a meteorite in a sense grants their wishes, but not in the way they expected.

The alien or entity is so vastly different from anything humans know of the universe that it can only be perceived as a color and personally I think this was a higher dimensional thing above even the fourth dimension as it's presence penetrates and mutates everything it touches seen and unseen including the perception of time and even transcends death for characters in the film. The movie will definitely remind genre film fans of Annihilation because it is very clear to me that both the Author who wrote the novel and the filmmaker that adapted it were probably inspired by Lovecraft's story Colour Out Of Space. There are just too many similarities. Esoteric elements in the film reflect gnostic philosophy or at least it could be viewed as such and some may believe it so. It also can be viewed as an alien consciousness trying to terraform the world and once again like Annihilation, there are strong suggestions that the entity is still present in plain sight and perhaps the apocalypse is just beginning and it takes is someone or something to take a drink of water .

The special effects are fantastic because they are mostly practical and some are reminiscent of John Carpenter's The Thing. In fact I would state that if the 2011 prequel had stuck to the effects work ADI did for that film as was done for Richard Stanley's Color Out Of Space, the 2011 The Thing prequel would have been a far more appreciated motion picture when it had it's theatrical run. As it is the balance between practical and CGI in the motion picture is practically perfect. Please note that I am unaware who did the effects for Color Out Of Space and am only likening it to the effects ADI did for the 2011 The Thing prequel because I believe had the studio not been insistent on CGI, that film would have been better.

Richard Stanley's feature film adaptation of HP Lovecraft's Color Out Of Space has had a limited theatrical run and will be debuting on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on Tuesday February 25, 2020 at retailers on and offline and will also be available to rent and buy on digital, I already have it preordered.

(C) Copyright 2020 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Doctor Sleep: Director's Cut is the one to watch!

The feature film adaptation of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep was one of my favorite films of 2019, but after viewing the three hour Director's Cut I think the additional thirty minutes makes a good movie into a great movie. It is three hours, but the additional scenes really add a lot and flesh out the story more. Stephen King's Doctor Sleep: Director's Cut is available now on Blue-ray at retailers on and offline and Digital Copy for sale or rent online.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

*TRAILER PREMIERE*: HULU'S NEW GENRE-BENDING TEEN SCI-FI DRAMA "UTOPIA FALLS"


Hulu Original Series to Feature Voice of SNOOP DOGG and Music from Artists Including KENDRICK LAMAR, ALESSIA CARA, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., DANIEL CAESAR, JESSIE REYEZ, BILL WITHERS and THE ROOTS
 
Grammy Award Winning, Multi-platinum Music Producer Boi-1da  (DRAKE, NICKI MINAJ, RIHANNA) Oversees Music, World-Renowned Choreographer Tanisha Scott (CARDI B, RIHANNA) Leads Performance Direction, Acclaimed Sci-Fi Writer Joseph Mallozzi Serves as Showrunner and Show Creator R.T. Thorne Directs


About Utopia Falls:
Hundreds of years in the future, in the last living colony on earth, a city called New Babyl, twenty-four teenage candidates are chosen to take part in an annual musical competition known as The Exemplar. For all of them it's a chance to write their names in the history books, but for Aliyah, the independent and adventurous daughter to a city government official, it’s the beginning of an incredible adventure. Through the discovery of a mysterious archive, she is exposed to hip-hop, an ancient form of music culture, which will lead her to question everything she has ever known and change her world forever.
 
The journey to unravel that mystery will play out over the course of the first season while our candidates prepare and participate in The Exemplar competition. Channeling the rebellious spirit of Hip-hop, Aliyah and her friends face off against the government for the freedom of the people in a finale that will rock the very foundation of their society, changing all of their lives forever.
 
Utopia Falls is the first ever Sci-Fi Hip-hop television series and is from the creator/director of Find Me In Paris. It is prestige television for a new generation of young audiences who are culturally diverse, socially and politically minded, and are motivated to see themselves and their issues represented on screen.
 
Cast:
Robyn Alomar (Riot Girls), Akiel Julien (American Gods), Robbie Graham-Kuntz (Full Out), Phillip Lewitski (Supernatural), Humberly Gonzalez (Orphan Black), Devyn Nekoda (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Mickeey Nguyen (Make It Pop). Also joining the cast are Kate Drummond (Wynonna Earp), Jeff Teravainen (Dark Matter), Huse Madhavji (Saving Hope) and Dwain Murphy (The Strain), and hip hop icon Snoop Dogg as the voice of the Archive.
 
Crew:
Showrunner Joseph Mallozzi (Syfy’s Dark Matter, Stargate franchise) and Creator/Director R.T. Thorne (NBC’s Blindspot, Hulu’s Find Me in Paris) who serve as Executive Producers; Boi-1da, renowned music producer (Drake, Rihanna, Eminem, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar), has been tapped as the show’s Executive Music Producer; and choreographer Tanisha Scott, three-time MTV VMA-nominated choreographer (Cardi B, Rihanna, Sean Paul). Executive produced by Andrea Gorfolova and Ashley Rite for Sonar Entertainment


The Rest Of US starring Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse, Jodi Balfour | Theaters and On Demand 2/14

The Rest Of Us  - Gravitas Ventures

IN THEATERS AND AVAILABLE ON VOD AND DIGITAL HD: February 14, 2020

DIRECTED BY: Aisling Chin-Lee

WRITTEN BY: Alanna Francis

PRODUCED BY: Katie Bird Nolan, Lindsay Tapscott, Emma Fleury, Will Woods

CAST: Heather Graham, Sophie Nelisse, Abigail Pniowsky, Jodi Balfour 

GENRE: Drama, Independent, Comedy

DISTRIBUTOR: Gravitas Ventures

 

SYNOPSIS:   When Cami Bowden's ex-husband Craig dies suddenly of a heart attack, the perfect life Cami has created begins to unravel. At Craig’s funeral, Cami and Aster encounter Rachel, Craig’s second, much younger wife, who he left Cami for, and Talulah, Craig’s second child, who is pointedly avoiding the grieving process. Rachel, having spent much of her adult life as a stay-at-home wife, reveals to Cami that Craig has been hiding a multitude of debt and that their house will be repossessed––Rachel and Talulah will soon be left without a home or a penny to their names while they hope for Craig’s life insurance policy to pay out. Moved by Rachel’s plight, Cami reluctantly offers to let the pair temporarily live in her house. Together under one roof, the women process their grief and anger over his death and search for meaning and direction in their lives. All the while, old secrets and shifting allegiances threaten to bring the tenuous balance of the household crashing down around them.

 

YOUTUBE TRAILER:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7CF_qKd-Rw