Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
New York, N.Y., March 28, 2014 - Greetings from Tromaville! Now in it's 15th year, the TromaDance Film Festival has grown into an event that filmmakers and film connoisseurs alike travel the world to attend. The reason for this is because since it's early beginnings as a DIY, grassroots alternative to the corporate elitist-run festivals in Salt Lake City, TromaDance has never swayed from it's ideals. TromaDance does not charge film makers anything to submit their films. All TromaDance screenings are free to attend and with the festival's strict "No VIP Policy", celebrities and fans are treated equally. On June 27th and 28th, 2014, in celebration of it's 15th Anniversary, TromaDance moves to the Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY - a bigger venue in an exciting new city that will make the festival more more accessible than ever!
Here is an Early look at the schedule:
On Friday, June 27th, the TromaDance official opening night kick-off will see a block of films tba showcased from 6pm to 10pm.
On Saturday, June 28th, TromaDance begins at 12pm. Films will be shown in blocks all the way up until 10pm. Then the TromaDance After-Party will commence with bands and performers tba.
Stay tuned to the Official TromaDance website and Troma Facebook page for more announcements in the coming weeks! Mark June 27th and 28th on your calendar and come celebrate this milestone year with us at the Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY for what will surely be a Tro-Mazing weekend of independent art!
The Paper Box is located at 23 Meadow St, New York, NY 11206
More About TromaDance
TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. Also, there are no VIP reservations or preferential treatment regarding films, panels, or parties of any kind given. The organizers of TromaDance believe films are meant to be seen, especially when it comes to new filmmakers. Art - in all its forms - is for the people!
TromaDance features a range of films made independently, usually without big stars, big money and far removed from the Hollywood studio system. The official selections of TromaDance have been made with nothing more than passion, courage, integrity, and raw talent.
Everyone at TromaDance is treated as an equal. The elite and the celebrated are treated no better or worse than the experimental filmmaker or the random moviegoer off the street. Admittance to all screenings, panels, parties, and events is strictly on a first come, first served basis. If there are any VIPs at TromaDance, they are the filmmakers whose blood, sweat, and hard work are on the screen.
TromaDance is an opportunity for everyone who's ever picked up a camera to have their work seen without the compromises required by elitist cartel interference. TromaDance is proud to be the first and only film festival of the people, for the people, and by the people.
For more information on the TromaDance Film Festival please visit:
For more information on The Paper Box please visit:
Count Smokula's TromaDance Theme Song:
For more information on our Midwest partner Festival "TromaDance Detroit" please visit:
For those who may be interested, the complete atmospheric and spine tingling soundtrack composed and conducted by Mica Levy for Jonathan Glazer's big screen adaptation of the sci-fi horror thriller Under The Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, is available to stream for free at the Soundtrack Galaxy Channel on YouTube now or at least at the time of this posting. Thank you.
Friday, March 28, 2014
SYFY RENEWS HELIX FOR SEASON TWO
NEW YORK – March 28, 2014 – Helix,Syfy’s chilling scripted drama, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Original Content, Syfy. The 13-episode second season will commence production later this year, with an eye towards a winter 2015 premiere.
Said McGoldrick, “Helix has built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences in its first season on Syfy. The incredibly talented writing and producing team have crafted a thriller that consistently delivered suspense, twists and high quality drama. We look forward to growing this passionate audience in what promises to be an even more memorable second season.”
Helix premiered on January 10, 2014, as the top cable scripted entertainment program in the time period, and helpingSyfy rank as the #2 cable entertainment network among both Adults 25-54 (1.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.3 million).Since its premiere, Helix has averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1 million Adults 18-49.
Helix is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Contact,Sleepless in Seattle). The series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Helix, which was created by co-executive producer Cameron Porsandeh and features Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, The Killing), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin), Kyra Zagorsky (Supernatural), and Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.), as well as guest stars Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Meegwun Fairbrother, and Neil Napier (Riddick), will air its season one finale on Friday, March 28 @ 10pm.
DEFIANCE SEASON TWO PREMIERE TO AIR AT 8PM ET/PT
DOMINION SERIES PREMIERE TO AIR AT 9PM ET/PT
NEW YORK – March 28, 2014 – This June,Syfy furthers its commitment to premium scripted programming by dedicating an all-new night to original dramas. BeginningJune 19, Syfy will kick off its new Thursday night block with the one-two punch of the season two premiere of Defiance, followed by the series premiere of Syfy’s newest scripted series, Dominion.
As the story of Defiance resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil. The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town, with far-reaching consequences including a new mayor. Nolan (Grant Bowler) traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), Amanda (Julie Benz) has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes. Joining the cast this season are James Murray as new mayor Niles Pottinger, Anna Hopkins as Earth Republic soldier Jessica “Berlin” Rai and William Atherton as Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado.
Immediately following the return ofDefiance, Syfy will air the 90-minute series premiere of Dominion at 9PM ET/PT.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years after the events of the movie and picking up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. The series follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth.
Dominion stars Christopher Egan (Kings), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones), Alan Dale (Lost), Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Luke Allen-Gale (The Borgias).
Defiance is an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds and the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that co-exist on both platforms.
Grant Bowler will return as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nolan, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr. The cast also features Dewshane Williams as Tommy, Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll, Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley and Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley.
Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives,Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’sDarren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer. Michael Nankin (co-executive producer) is set to direct the season two opener.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
HARRY POTTER™ HOGWARTS COLLECTION Comprehensive Collection on 31 Discs Includes All Eight Movies on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™
Monday, March 24, 2014
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE HONORS LLOYD KAUFMAN, MICHAEL HERZ, & 40 YEARS OF TROMA ENTERTAINMENT WITH AN EVENING OF TRIBUTE SATURDAY MARCH 29TH, 2014.
|Troma President and Creator of the "Toxic Avenger," Lloyd Kaufman|
New York, N.Y., March 22, 2014 - Greetings from Tromaville! This Saturday March 29, 2014 the prestigious American Cinematheque will be honoring 40 years of Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz, and Troma Entertainment with an evening of tribute paying homage to the films of legendary director.
The four Tro-mazing films selected to be showcased are:
1984, Troma Entertainment, 87 min. Dirs. Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman.
When nerdy janitor Melvin falls into a vat of nuclear waste, he is suddenly transformed into a mutant superhero who lays waste to evildoers of all kinds and becomes a savior to his town. The first of Troma's anti-corporate satires, THE TOXIC AVENGER is still one of the best - and most popular, having spawned multiple sequels and spin-offs. Co-director Lloyd Kaufman's message, however, is firmly buried under some of the most spectacular gore and slapstick comedy ever put to celluloid. 2014 celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the "Toxic Avenger!"
1986, Troma Entertainment, 85 min. Dirs. Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman.
A high school located next to a nuclear power plant serves as the setting for one of Troma's most outrageous and hilarious features, a gory, post-apocalyptic satire about teenagers whose sex yields a gang-fighting monster after they smoke some radioactive pot. As always, co-director Lloyd Kaufman sets out to shock, entertain and enlighten in equal measures with
TROMEO AND JULIET
1996, Troma Entertainment, 104 min. Dir. Lloyd Kaufman.
Shakespeare's classic gets Troma-tized, courtesy of director Lloyd Kaufman and screenwriter James Gunn. The bard's young lovers are transposed to a modern day Manhattan, where Kaufman and Gunn largely stick to the original play's structure but infuse it with liberal helpings of sex, violence and profanity. The result is one of Troma's best films, a movie that USA Today described as "sexy, sweet, and surreal." The eclectic cast includes scream queens Debbie Rochon and Tiffany Shepis, Troma star Will Keenan and even Lemmy from Motorhead as the narrator! Body Piercing. Kinky Sex. Dismemberment. All of the things that made Shakespeare great!
2013, Troma Entertainment, 85 min. Dir. Lloyd Kaufman.
Volume 1 of Lloyd Kaufman's sistine chapel is also his first film shot on digital. "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1," a hybrid sequel/reboot of the original "Class of Nuke 'Em High", returns to New Jersey's Tromaville High
Come out for a once-in-a-lifetime event and celebrate Troma's 40th Anniversary and the career of Lloyd Kaufman. There will be a Raffle of Tro-Mazing prizes including an Official "Toxic Crusaders" Animation Cel, the only of it's kind. Participate in a crowd-interactive Q & A session with Lloyd Kaufman and special guests. Pick up all of your favorite Tro-Merchandise at the Troma table and meet Lloyd Kaufman, himself, for FREE Photo Opportunities and Signings on all Troma items. Get your tickets today, this won't happen again!
The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tickets are available NOW for purchase:
American Cinematheque Tribute to 40 Yrs of Lloyd Kaufman & Troma Entertainment
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Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history, and it's one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman's "The Toxic Avenger", "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead", "Class of Nuke 'em High", "Mother's Day" and "Tromeo & Juliet", Troma's seminal films are now being remade as big-budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman and Steven Pink. Among today's luminaries whose early work can be found in Troma's 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D'Onofrio, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gunn and Eli Roth. Troma's latest productions are "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volumes 1 & 2".
I AM DIVINE The True Story of the Most Beautiful Woman in the World Debuts Digitally April 1st and on DVD April 8th.
Bonus Materials Include Commentary and over 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes
(4 stars)"Terrific footage from behind the scenes (including the end of "Pink Flamingos") helps make this recollection funny, full and sad." ~ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"...fascinating, expertly directed, wonderfully paced, lovingly produced tribute documentary."
~ EDGE LOS ANGELES
"There will never be another Divine. 25 years later and no one has come close to filling her infamous cha-cha heels. This documentary shows you why."
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz (Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon, Vito) turns his camera on the plus-sized "cinematic terrorist" turned international icon of bad taste when I AM DIVINE debuts across all digital platforms beginning April 1st and on DVD April 8th from Wolfe Video. Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, comes to life in this complex documentary that traces his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally-recognized drag superstar. The film includes interviews with many key figures from Divine's life, including legendary filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray), co-stars Ricki Lake (Hairspray), Tab Hunter (Polyester, Lust in the Dust) and Mink Stole (Female Trouble, Desperate Living), and his mother. Bonus materials include more than 30 minutes of deleted footage that sheds additional light on the cha-cha heels of this midnight-movie icon.
Packed with great interviews and clips, this dynamic, fun and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine brings to life a complex understanding of John Waters's favored muse. I AM DIVINE is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. I AM DIVINE is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon's emotional complexities and rise to infamy.
I AM DIVINE has a runtime of 90 minutes and is not rated.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
An artistic, bizarre and enigmatic exploration of psychology, sociology, spirituality, horror and science fiction from the son of the Director of Tombstone and Rambo: First: Blood Part II. Sometimes the Apple just falls from the tree it's own way...
Beyond The Black Rainbow - Official Trailer [HD]
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
One of the Most Iconic Monsters in Film History Celebrates Its 60thAnniversary With the Release of Four Toho Godzilla Double Features
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
One of the Most Iconic Monsters in Film History
Celebrates Its 60thAnniversary
With the Release of Four Toho Godzilla Double Features
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) + Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II(1993) + Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) +Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) +Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Remastered in High Definition – First Time on Blu-ray in North America
Each Double Feature is Available
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (Mar. 17, 2014) –Beginning with the introduction of the original Godzilla film in 1954, and continuing through today, the King of the Monsters has entertained generations of movie fans through his big-screen adventures. In celebration of the 60thAnniversary of the iconic franchise, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut four classic Toho Godzilla Double Features for the first time on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD UltraViolet™ on May 6. The ultimate collector’s editions of the action-filled franchise include Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) + Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992); Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) + Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994); Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) + Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000); and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) + Godzilla: Final Wars(2004). Each double feature is available separately and features unique cover artwork across the series.
Franchise fans can also relive the original theatrical trailers and teasers from the series, included within these sets. Additionally, theGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette, while Godzilla: Final Wars includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah + Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
When a mysterious U.F.O. is seen flying over Tokyo, tension mounts, until the craft’s occupants reveal themselves to be friendly aliens from the 23rd century who have come to warn mankind that Godzilla will soon awaken and wreak havoc upon the earth unless he is destroyed. Meanwhile, a double threat arrives in the form of King Ghidorah, Godzilla’s flying three-headed archrival and an evil and all-powerful android. The suspense builds to terrifying levels as the alien’s sinister mission on Earth is gradually revealed and Godzilla must wage a solo battle against these evil forces who want to destroy mankind. High-tech special effects and awesome action highlight this present-day Godzilla epic. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah has a run time of approximately 100 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth(1992)
After a series of earthquakes unearth a gigantic orb, a trio of Japanese explorers are dispatched to the mysterious Infant Island to investigate. There they discover the island’s sole inhabitants, miniature twin women whose duty is to protect the mammoth ball, the egg of Mothra! When the explorers attempt to bring the egg back to the mainland, a furious Godzilla awakens from the depths and attacks the party, causing the egg to hatch and forcing its newborn larvae to fend off the gigantic monster. The humongous worm holds its own until help arrives in the form of Battra. When Mothra and Battra metamorphose into flying monster moths, the battle rages on land and in the sky. With two powerful foes to reckon with, has Godzilla finally met his match? Godzilla vs. Mothra has a run time of approximately 100 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II + Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
Built with the utmost in 20th-century technology, Mechagodzilla is the ultimate in Godzilla-busting weaponry. Fueled by a nuclear reactor and sheathed in a synthetic diamond shield, the mammoth metal robot is Japan’s greatest hope for ending Godzilla’s reign of terror. Meanwhile, on a remote island polluted by nuclear waste, a team of scientists discover a giant egg in a Pteranodon nest, and bring it home for study. When BabyGodzilla hatches, both Rodan and Godzilla return to claim the cuddly infant as their own. Will their monstrous maternal instincts cause a custody battle capable of destroying Mother Earth? Or will Mechagodzilla prove an effective eradicator, leaving BabyGodzilla an orphan for life?Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is rated PG for sci-fi monster violence and some language.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
The powers of telepathy enter the ranks of high technology in this supernatural, super-powered Godzilla adventure! The military minds behind Japan’s special Counter G Bureau enter the New Age with Project T, in which a telepathic amplifier is implanted in Godzilla’s brain in order to bring the giant monster under control. And just in time! In a faraway galaxy, the mutant SpaceGodzilla turns its evil eyes toward earth, planning to terminate Godzilla and conquer the planet for its own. With the Japanese Mafia infiltrating Counter G, the Bureau needs all the help it can get. Will Japan’s greatest enemy Godzilla become its closest ally? Amid all the smoke and high-tech firepower, not even the psychics know for sure! Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla has a run time of approximately 108 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla vs. Destroyah + Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)
With a super-charged blast from his nuclear past, a new Godzilla emerges from his own ashes, radioactive and ready to take on Tokyo! The great monster’s nuclear energy is increasing by the minute, and a monster meltdown threatens to vaporize the planet. But when mutant micro-organisms unleash a plague of destruction, Godzilla is Japan’s only hope to destroy them. This victory creates Godzilla’s deadliest challenge yet: Destoroyah. And with Godzilla Junior pulled into the ring, only the Super XIII can put the deep freeze on this three-way monster melee. The action is hot and the special effects are chillin’ in this high-tech, high-powered Godzilla thriller! Godzilla vs. Destoroyah has a run time of approximately 103 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
Five years after Godzilla terrorized the city of Osaka, Japanese scientists have developed a sure-fire way to finally destroy Japan’s monster nemesis. They have created the world’s first man-made black hole, which will trap Godzilla for eternity! But during a testing of this new Dimension Tide, an insect caught in the hole mutates, producing gargantuan eggs that give birth to a new menace: giant dragonfly monsters called Meganula. Meganula queen, the 50-meter Megaguirus, is also on a hunt for Godzilla, needing to steal his energy to survive. From the sky down to the depths of a city’s underground sewer tunnels, Megaguirus, Godzilla, and humankind battle for supremacy. Who will prevail in this high-tech, three-way battle of terror and destruction? Godzilla vs. Megaguirus has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. + Godzilla: Final Wars
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Mechagodzilla, the superior-armed, state-of-the-art, all-robot version of Godzilla, is undergoing repairs after his devastating battle against the world’s monsters. Twin tiny women appear and warn scientists to stop rebuilding Mechagodzilla but their warning goes unheeded. As the great robot nears completion, a series of mysterious incidents rock the world and awaken Godzilla, who unleashes a reign of terror against Tokyo. Mothra joins him and Japan’s desperate Prime Minister has no choice but to launch the unfinished Mechagodzilla against Mothra and Godzilla. But who will fight for whom? And in the end -- will the survivor be monster, robot or man? Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. has a run time of approximately 91 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Godzilla’s 50th Anniversary project and costliest adventure to date out of 28 films. Earth has been relatively peaceful since Godzilla was successfully buried deep in ice beneath the South Pole. Then -- sometime a few years hence -- several of his old nemeses return to wreak havoc on cities worldwide. A huge spaceship suddenly appears and neutralizes all the monsters in a blink. The visitors are “Xiliens,” who take human form and announce they would like to negotiate a peace treaty that would replace the United Nations with a “United Universe.” They are indeed too good to be true, however. It doesn’t take long before their nefarious real purpose is exposed -- conquering Earth. Greatly outmatched, Earth officials decide to de-freeze Godzilla as man’s only hope to vanish the invaders, as well as the monsters they control. Only trouble is Godzilla is still mad at man for freezing him in the first place. Godzilla: Final Wars has a run time of approximately 125 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence.