Friday, September 30, 2016
MS. ADRIENNE BARBEAU TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT 14TH NEW YORK CITY HORROR FILM FESTIVAL, NOV 10-13, 2016
ADRIENNE BARBEAU TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT 14TH ANNUAL NYC HORROR FILM FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 10–13, 2016!
New York, NY – Sept. 30, 2016. The 14th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival celebrates the career of Adrienne Barbeau this November with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Debuting in her first feature film in her then-husband John Carpenter’s THE FOG, Ms. Barbeau continued in George Romero’s CREEPSHOW, and other favorites including Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and Wes Craven’s SWAMP THING. Her long and varied career crosses all genres, from Broadway to television, and the beloved actress is thrilled to accept her award on Saturday, November 12, after that evening’s program, at approximately 9:30 pm.
The 2016 New York City Horror Film Festival opens Thursday, November 10, with Darren Lynn Bousman’s ABATTOIR, at 7:00 pm. Jonathan Straiton’s NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE continues the creepiness Friday November 11 at 9:30 pm, Steven DeGennaro’s FOUND FOOTAGE 3-D precedes Ms. Barbeau’s award ceremony at 5 pm on Saturday Nov. 12, and Sunday’s final wrapup feature is Caradog W. James’ DON’T KNOCK TWICE, starring Javier Botet ([REC], Crimson Peak) at 6:45pm. The full festival runs Nov. 10–13, 2016, at the Cinépolis Chelsea Cinemas. For full schedule and ticket info go to http://www.nychorrorfest.com.
Darren Lynn Bousman has been bringing the grue to gruesome over the past two decades with his blood-drenched filmography. From SAW II, III, and IV, through REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL, and now ABATTOIR, Bousman continues plowing through the gore. Caradog James’ first feature film, the BAFTA-winning LITTLE WHITE LIES, was also listed in Variety’s top 10 British Films of that year, and his second feature, THE MACHINE, premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. His latest feature film, DON’T KNOCK TWICE, stars Katee Sackhoff (Oculus, Riddick), Nick Moran (Lock Stock), and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street).
The NYC Horror Film Festival was born in 2002 by filmmaker Michael J. Hein as a venue for newer independent horror filmmaking. After Michael’s passing in 2011, the festival created the Michael J. Hein Achievement Award to celebrate the hard work and perseverance of creators in the field. Recipients include Rob Zombie, Stuart Gordon, and Tom Atkins. George Romero was the first recipient of the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by other classic scaremeisters including Tobe Hooper, Roger Corman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Frank Henenlotter, Robert Englund, Angus Scrimm, Sean Cunningham, and the beloved late Wes Craven. NYCHFF is proudly sponsored by Final Draft, the #1-selling screenwriting software, and the choice of professionals.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
PRIVATE PROPERTY begins as two homicidal Southern California drifters (played to creepy, Peeping Tom perfection by Warren Oates and Corey Allen) wander off the beach and into the seemingly-perfect Beverly Hills home of an unhappy housewife (Leslie Stevens' real-life spouse, Kate Manx). Shimmering with sexual tension and lensed in stunning B&W by master cameraman Ted McCord (THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, EAST OF EDEN), PRIVATE PROPERTYis both an eerie, neo-Hitchcockian thriller and a savage critique of the hollowness of the Playboy-era American Dream.
Warren Oates delivers his first great screen performance here as one of the murderous vagabonds, years before he emerged as one of the finest character actors of his generation; his bizarre, voyeuristic Lennie-and-George relationship with the underrated Corey Allen (James Dean's hot rod rival in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE) is fueled by a barely-suppressed homoeroticism. Shot almost entirely in the Beverly Hills home where director Stevens and lead actress Manx lived at the time, PRIVATE PROPERTY is a simmering thriller tinged with deeply unnerving elements of autobiography--and all the voyeurism anyone could ask for.
“AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: TESLA”
TELLS THE STORY OF THE VISIONARY GENIUS WHO IMAGINED OUR WIRELESS AGE
Available on DVD from PBS Distribution on November 22nd
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Arlington, Va. – September 29, 2016 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: TESLA” on DVD. Recently dubbed the “patron saint of geeks,” Nikola Tesla has had electric cars, rock bands, a unit of measurement, a minor planet and a lunar crater named after him. But eclipsed by contemporaries such as Edison and Marconi, the visionary scientist died impoverished and largely forgotten.
During his lifetime, he gained international fame for his invention of a system of alternating current that made possible the distribution of electricity over vast distances and is the basis for the electrical grid that powers 21st century life. But the visionary Tesla imagined much more — robots, radio, radar, remote control, the wireless transmission of messages and pictures, and harnessing the wind and sun to provide free energy to all.
A showman, he dazzled his scientific peers who flocked to see him demonstrate his inventions and send thousands of volts of electricity pulsing through his body. His fertile but undisciplined imagination was the source of his genius but also his downfall, as the image of Tesla as a “mad scientist” came to overshadow his reputation as a brilliant innovator. But it is his exhilarating sense of the future that has inspired renewed interest in the man, as his once scoffed-at vision of a world connected by wireless technology has become a reality.
“AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: TESLA will be available on DVD November 22, 2016. The run time of the DVD is approximately 60 minutes and its SRP is $24.99. The program will also be available for digital download.
Born in 1856 to a Serbian family in Croatia, the tall, gangly, 28-year-old inventor arrived in New York in 1884, almost penniless but with a letter of introduction to his hero, Thomas Edison. Tesla was convinced that he had solved the problem that had plagued Edison’s plans to electrify the world, not just the tip of lower Manhattan. Edison relied on direct current (DC) to transmit electricity, which was severely limiting. Tesla had found a way to do what had so far stumped everyone: invent a motor that could run on alternating current (AC), making the distribution of electricity across long distances possible.
“Before Tesla, you would have to have thousands of little power plants at every mile,” said biographer Marc Seifer. “After Tesla, from one power source — Niagara Falls — you could light up and power the entire northeast.”
Edison immediately hired Tesla, who abruptly quit just six months later, frustrated by Edison’s refusal to adopt his idea. After a grim winter of digging ditches, his luck turned. The wealthy inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse knew that the future — and immense profits — would be found in electricity and he quickly bought the young inventor’s patents, making Tesla a rich man. But when Westinghouse became overextended, he revised Tesla’s deal, stripping him of a royalty that would have made him one of the wealthiest men in the world. Nevertheless, Westinghouse’s gamble on Tesla’s ideas paid off; the company beat Edison for the contracts to wire the Columbian Exposition in Chicago and to harness Niagara Falls to generate AC current, ending once and for all Edison’s hopes for his now antiquated DC technology.
Tesla was now a celebrity, the new Edison. He moved into the luxurious Astor House, dined at Delmonico’s, and became a friend to the rich and famous, including Mark Twain, John Jacob Astor and J.P. Morgan. But he was plagued with a plethora of odd phobias that had followed him since childhood, when he often suffered from inexplicable visions and a difficulty in separating reality from his imagination. Everything he did had to be divisible by three, he had a manic fear of germs, and couldn’t bear the sight of earrings or the touch of human hair.
In 1899, Tesla headed west to Colorado Springs where he set up a laboratory and began to build massive coils that produced a million volts of electricity; he soon announced that he could transmit electricity over vast distances by sending currents though the earth. But he never produced the evidence and his credibility slipped, tarnished even further by his claims that he had received signals from Mars. His imagination, so critical to his inventive powers, began to betray him.
Returning to New York, Tesla managed to convince Morgan to invest in his next idea, the transmission of wireless messages, although Tesla dreamed of transmitting electric power without wires as well. With Morgan’s money, Tesla bought 200 acres on Long Island’s North Shore and began building a transmission tower. But an Italian electrical engineer, Guglielmo Marconi, doomed his dream by sending the first wireless transmission across the Atlantic in 1901 — based on Tesla’s patents. The invention of wireless telegraphy — radio — would win Marconi a Nobel Prize and send Tesla into a downward spiral.
By 1916, he had relinquished the Long Island mortgage to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where he had lived on credit for almost 20 years. He would spend the rest of his life imagining new inventions and searching for investors while his ideas became increasingly bizarre and fantastical, more science fiction than science. His mind drifting, his money gone, he died alone in 1943 in the New Yorker Hotel. Six months later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the patents to Marconi’s wireless device belonged to Tesla, and that he, not Marconi, had launched the wireless world with the invention of radio.
About AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
For more than 27 years, American Experience has been the nation’s most-watched television history series. It has been hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major industry award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam.
Exclusive corporate funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston
About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.
PBS Distribution offers a broad range of high quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming. PBS International offers factual content for broadcast, cable, and satellite services internationally. The PBS Distribution catalog includes films from Ken Burns, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming.
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: TESLA
Street Date: November 22, 2016
Run Time: Approximately 60 Minutes
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY & LIVE NATION
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE™ CONCERT
AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
For the first time in New York City, audiences will experience a symphony orchestra performing music to the entire film from one of the most beloved film franchises in history
Tickets available starting Friday, September 16 at 10:00AM at www.ticketmaster.com
New York, NY (September 13, 2016) – The Madison Square Garden Company & Live Nation announced today that the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at Radio City Music Hall on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Tickets go on sale Friday September 16 at 10:00AM via www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Charge By Phone (1-866-858-0008) and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Tickets will be available in person on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre box offices.
CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films, earlier this year. The Harry Potter Film Concert that kicked off in June 2016 is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, "The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”
Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the entire world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this world, and to the many wonderful characters and adventures that inhabit it.”
CineConcerts is one of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media. Founded by producer/conductor Justin Freer and producer/writer Brady Beaubien, CineConcerts has engaged millions of people worldwide in concert presentations that redefine the evolution of live experience. Recent and current live concert experiences include Gladiator, The Godfather, It’s a Wonderful Life, DreamWorks Animation In Concert, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Justin Freer has quickly become one of the most sought-after conductors of film music with a long list of full symphonic live to projection projects. He has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. From full-length movie screenings with live orchestra to music-interactive sporting event experiences to original 3D-environment holiday programming, CineConcerts is at the forefront of live entertainment.
For more information on the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, please visit www.harrypotterinconcert.com.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
GGS LAND, GAME OF THORNES, AND MORE EXCLUSIVES AVAILABLE AT BOOTH #1636
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, Ore.—Dark Horse is proud to announce its selection of exclusive merchandise for New York Comic Con 2016! From the anticipated Game of Thrones Night King bust to variant covers by some of the most talented artists in the comics industry, Dark Horse has fans covered!
All exclusive merchandise will be available at the Dark Horse booth (#1636) for all of NYCC 2016. Please note that there will be a fixed number of exclusives set aside for each day of the convention.
Check out the full roster of Dark Horse NYCC 2016 exclusives, along with quantity and price, below!
Briggs Land #3 NYCC Exclusive Variant (Tula Lotay)
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
DARK HORSE PANEL SCHEDULE