Friday, July 27, 2018




Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.

Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).

Release is scheduled for December 2019.

Thank you Lucasfilm LTD and Star

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Bomber Command and Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter Combined Book Review

Publisher Fun Studios International, the folks that brought out the young adult hardcover Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny - Tales Of Hope & Courage. Have released two beautiful hardcover companion young adult books, which are also suitable for fans of all ages entitled Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Bomber Command while the companion book is entitled Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter. Both are written by Jason Fry. Bomber Command is a journal of Paige Tico, Pilot and Technician for Cobalt Squadron. The book covers Paige’s journey going back to her youth with her sister Rose to her role as a bomber at the Battle of D’qar. The book is beautifully illustrated with detailed sketches that look as though they were literally created by the character herself and eight large gatefolds containing bomber schematics, a look at the Y-Wing Starfighter, Confederacy Hyena BomberImperial Tie Bomber as well as the Resistance Bomber type seen in the films. There also some cool manual covers written in the Star Wars galactic language with short English translations that help this journal to appear more authentic as something that really existed along time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Also included is a galactic map fold out of what is now considered First Order Space and even a recruitment brochure excerpt. The text appears as though it was all handwritten and translated into English.

Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter follow Rose’s feelings of living in her Sister’s shadow, while still committing herself as a dedicated member of the Resistance. Detailing the ways in which finds life-saving solutions to protect those she serves leading up her collaboration with Finn, which solidifies her vision and hope for the future. Both books are very similar though Rose’s seems more personalized kind of like a diary and her penmanship seems neater than her older Sister’s. sketched and diagrams reminiscent of the other book are also featured here. 

Both Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Bomber Command and Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter are available now at retailers on and offline for the suggested retail price of $11.99 in the U.S. and $1599 in Canada courtesy of Publisher Fun Studios International. Buy them both. They make a great set and May The Force Be With You Always.

(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera.
All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

JACK RYAN COLLECTION- new 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo collection arrives August 21st




New 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Collection Arrives August 21, 2018,
Just in Time for the New “Jack Ryan” Series


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Author Tom Clancy’s renowned CIA analyst returns this August when the new series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” debuts on Amazon.  In anticipation, fans can catch up on all of the celebrated character’s cinematic exploits when a new 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Collection arrives on August 21, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Featuring five 4K Ultra HD Discs, five Blu-ray Discs, and Digital copies of each film, the JACK RYAN COLLECTION includes The Hunt For Red October (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994), The Sum of All Fears (2002), and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).

In The Hunt For Red October, the USSR's best captain (Sean Connery) heads for the U.S. in a technologically advanced submarine. While the American government thinks it’s an attack, a lone CIA analyst (Alec Baldwin) insists the captain is planning to defect.  Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs include commentary by director John McTiernan and the Blu-ray additionally includes a 29-minute behind-the-scenes look at the film.

Patriot Games finds CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) thwarting an IRA assassination only to make himself and his family targets of a renegade faction.  The Blu-ray includes a 25-minute exploration of the film.

Harrison Ford returns in Clear and Present Danger as Jack Ryan, who becomes embroiled in an illegal war fought by the U.S. government against a Colombian drug cartel.  The Blu-ray includes a 29-minute behind-the-scenes feature.

Ben Affleck takes on the role of Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears.  In this thrilling chapter, Ryan must stop a terrorist plan to provoke a war between the U.S. and Russia.  Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs include commentary by director Phil Alden Robinson and cinematographer John Lindley, as well as a second commentary by the director and novelist Tom Clancy.  The Blu-ray additionally includes a two-part making-of feature and a five-part exploration of the visual effects.

The origin story of Jack Ryan is explored in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, with Chris Pine taking on the lead role.  As a young covert CIA analyst, Ryan uncovers a Russian terrorist plot to crash the U.S. economy.  The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs include commentary by director/actor Kenneth Branagh and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.  The Blu-ray also includes multiple featurettes exploring the Jack Ryan character and his enemies, as well as deleted and extended scenes.

With four times the resolution and more than double the number of colors available with full HD, the 4K Ultra HD disc offers the highest quality picture for your home entertainment system.  The 10-disc JACK RYAN COLLECTION will be available at Amazon and Best Buy.  The films will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Digital through select online retailers.

My Fake News Experiment.

I wanted to test something after seeing a video online where a media analyst named Mark Dice did a man on the street interview telling people the word gullible was being removed from American dictionaries to save paper and make room for new words since "gullible" was not in use anymore in contemporary society. 

What struck me about this bit Mr. Dice did was how the people he chose were very introspective and against the removal of the word gullible from the dictionary rather than being passive about it. Mr. Dice would smirk between takes, but this video was a throwback to an earlier time when he recorded it and maybe it seemed funny to those who watched it then, but for me I was not convinced whether or not these people were truly gullible.

So I wondered what would happen if I made up two pieces of fake news on my own and endeavored make it as believable as possible based on variants on real things that have been on the news for years. 

My goal was not to make people feel stupid or hurt and I certainly did not want to start something that could have bad consequences for anyone, including myself, which is why I decided to reveal it now and not allow my fake news stories to get a mind of their own.

For my friends in the UK and Australia, I posted this:

Due to the global refugee and migrant crisis, the UN is meeting to pass a proposal for large urban areas to bag their feces in state provided biodegradable zip lock bags and deposit them in brown scented contractor reciprocals to be collected by special sanitation teams and used for landfills so they can accommodate more immigrants globally. The process was perfected in China and is being implemented in the European Union.

For Americans I tried this:

Congress is passing a bill to cut down on noise pollution by taxing everyone based on how many words they speak using algorithms provided by social media so they can accurately measure the noise pollution one creates and tax people based on the quality of words used.

I am still seeing how many British or Australians fell for my fake news, but in America, I got a few.

As I noted above, I am kind of afraid to actually try this with many people because I fear the consequences it could cause, but it has been an interesting sociological experiment given our divided and sensitive times. So for those of you who read my Facebook posts or direct messages that believed what I wrote was true, relax it was fake. 

Based on what I have learned I would say people are passionate, introspective and skeptical, but not gullible. This is not to lay shade on Dice's man on the street interviews. What he does take courage and I give him credit for that. However if you tie a fake story as close to the truth as possible so people can extrapolate on it, they might believe it or even get triggered. The last thing we need is that so for those of you who believed me, I apologize. This was a one time experiment and anyone can be fooled into believing something that is fabricated is real and it happens a lot and I am vulnerable to it too. It does show that when it comes to larger issues and even things that appear small and insignificant, they all deserve to be scrutinized before you take it as real no matter the source you get it from. Thank you all for being good sports and stay vigilant.

(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Rest In Peace Lou Pepe

I made it to Lou's final NJ based Immortalized In Stone dressed in my goofy Sharknado mask because I wanted to make him laugh and I succeeded. I only wish things were different and I attended his final episode to tell him how much I appreciated him. R.I.P. Lou. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

CBS Releases: SEAL Team + NCIS Arriving on DVD in August



Hitting Shelves August 14, the Debut Season Collection 
Features Exclusive Bonus Content, Including Cast Interviews, 
Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel

Following the most elite unit of Navy SEALs, the debut season of the high-octane series starring David Boreanaz, SEAL TEAM: SEASON ONE, arrives on DVD August 14 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Fans can own and catch up on the thrilling military drama before the Season Two premiere on CBS with this six-disc collection, packed with exclusive bonus content.

Boreanaz (“Bones”) stars as Jason Hayes, the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered due to his extensive warrior’s existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray Perry (Neil Brown, Jr., Straight Outta Compton), the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand, and Sonny Quinn (A.J. Buckley, “Justified”), an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies. Undergoing rigorous training in the hope of joining Hayes’ select unit is Clay Spenser (Max Theriot, “Bates Motel”), a young, multi-lingual second-generation SEAL with insatiable drive and dedication. Vital to the team’s success are CIA analyst Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré, “Mad Men”), who has sacrificed everything in her drive to root out evil and take down terrorists, and Lisa Davis (Toni Trucks, “NCIS: New Orleans”), a no-nonsense, take-charge logistics officer and unofficial den mother responsible for outfitting the team with the necessary gear for each mission. 

Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds.

SEAL TEAM: SEASON ONE also includes guest appearances by C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy). 

Special Features 
  • Seal Team Season OneDebriefing – Behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast about the premiere season.
  • On Location – A glimpse at the location used to recreate Afghanistan.
  • Corporal Canine: Meet Dita –  A sit down with Dita, SEAL Team’s canine cast member, and his trainer to discuss how they work with cast and crew. 
  • Tour of Duty: Set Tour – A set tour with SEAL Team’s production designer.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel


From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, the suspense continues when NCIS: THE FIFTEENTH SEASON arrives on DVD, including all 24 episodes and exclusive bonus content in a 6-disc collection before the 16th season premiere on CBS this fall. 

NCIS Special Agent Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads the NCIS troupe. His team includes NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), an MIT graduate with a brilliance for computers; NCIS Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham), a mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation; NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres (Wilmer Valderrama), the charismatic agent who spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; new NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane (Golden Globe® nominee Maria Bello), who built her reputation as the agency’s premier forensic psychologist and enjoys challenging Gibbs; and MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry), an international agent who’s on loan to NCIS as a terror liaison.

And finally, assisting the team is forensic specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), a talented scientist whose sharp mind matches her unconventional style and eclectic tastes; medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum), who knows it all because he's seen it all; and Ducky's protégé, the naive Assistant Medical Examiner, Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen). Overseeing operations is NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo.

The investigators never rest in NCIS: THE FIFTEENTH SEASON, as they continue to search the jungles of Paraguay for Gibbs and McGee, while confronting cold cases, running secretive stings and chasing down kidnappers. The latest season also includes special appearances by Drew Carey, Gabrielle Carteris, French Stewart and Gates McFadden.

Special Features
  • Inside Season 15 – The cast and producers discuss the major story arcs of the latest season.
  • A Conversation with Mark Harmon and Joe Spano – An exclusive interview with Mark Harmon and Joe Spano about Season 15.
  • Friends and Enemies – Cast and executives dive into the four-part story arc involving a case gone wrong. 
  • Make It Rain – A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an on-stage hurricane for “Skeleton Crew.”
  • NCIS at 15 – An overall look at Season 15, including cast and producer interviews about the evolution of the show, a sit-down with David McCallum about his career and life, and an interview with Maria Bello about joining the hit series, featuring commentary from the rest of the NCIS team. This special feature also includes a deep dive into the special and visual effects, stunts and filming techniques used for the show. 
  • Audio Commentaries – Audio commentary by Mark Harmon, Joe Spano, Gina Lucita Monreal and Marj Horowitz on “Keep Your Friends Close” & audio commentary by Rocky Carroll and Christopher J. Waild on “Death From Above.”


Please note that the information I have published below was not written by me and I have no copyright or ownership of this whatsoever. The is the property of Disney and Lucasfilm. The author is Dan Brooks. Thank you.

Just announced by Dave Filoni at San Diego Comic-Con during a 10th anniversary celebration of the beloved animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be returning with 12 all-new episodes on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service. Created by George Lucas, the show first aired in 2008 and became an entry point into Star Wars for an entire generation, following fan-favorites like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala, while introducing major new characters like Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. Its stories were complex, its heroes and villains were perfectly imperfect, and its look was captivatingly beautiful. It became a multi-Emmy winner and is now regarded as essential Star Wars.

But it was never finished. The Clone Warsended after five broadcast seasons — just as Ahsoka left the Jedi Order. A few post-Season Five episodes were later released as “The Lost Missions,” but the story wasn’t over. Fans have clamored for Disney and Lucasfilm to finish what was started ever since. And now it’s actually happening. recently caught up with Filoni, supervising director and shepherd of the series, to discuss the shocking return of The Clone Wars. You can also check out the trailer above, which debuted at the panel, and a striking new poster below. Did you ever think this would be possible? That we’d get here?

Dave Filoni: No. I didn’t, I really didn’t. What can you say about the fans’ enthusiasm over the years and, really, their role in making this happen?

Dave Filoni: Well, thankfully, their enthusiasm is relentless. Their love of these characters and stories hasn’t diminished. I actually think their voice has gotten louder as the years have gone by. It’s been very humbling to have their support and to have people continue to hashtag me, “#SaveTheCloneWars.” To you personally, what does it mean to get to finish it?

Dave Filoni: Personally, it’s very rewarding. Any opportunity to put the final pieces of the story in place is meaningful as a storyteller. I’m happy for the opportunity to define these things and the end of this part of the Clone War. It also makes me reflect on all the people that I got to work with over the years. It reinforces the things I learned from George. It reminds me of the important elements that go into making Star Wars. So, it’s nice on several levels, and I think for the crew that’s still here that worked on Clone Wars, they feel that, as well. What do you think it is, 10 years later now, that made this show resonate so much with people, and made it stick with them, and gave it the strength to come back?

Dave Filoni: I think the variety of stories was a big part of it. You also can’t underestimate how important it was that so many people grew up with the show. Clone Wars was a piece of Star Wars that older fans might have, initially, not taken seriously because it was animated, but that wasn’t a barrier for kids. They loved the clones and identified with them. Ahsoka gave kids a character that was like them — someone their age that was experiencing life’s challenges and learning along the way. Plus, having a new episode each week really allowed us to explore what was going on with the new and legacy characters in a dynamic way, including Anakin and Obi-Wan. I think the stories left an indelible impression and, of course, George knew it would. He always knew.

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ACTION POINT arrives on Digital August 14th and Blu-ray Combo Pack August 21st

On Digital August 14, 2018


Blu-ray Combo Pack Arrives August 21 packed with Bloopers, 
Deleted Scenes and More!


HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – No rules.  No speed limits.  Just pure fun!  Johnny Knoxville stars in the outrageous comedy ACTION POINT, debuting on Digital August 14, 2018 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack August 21 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.


D.C. (Knoxville) is the proud proprietor of Action Point, an out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun.  When a slimy developer schemes to shut down the park, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits must risk everything and pull out all the stops to save Action Point.  Packed with jaw-dropping gags and bone-crushing stunts, get ready to laugh ‘til it hurts.  The film also stars Chris Pontius (“Jackass”) and Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Maleficent).


The ACTION POINT Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with uproarious bonus content including bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, a cringe-inducing look at the real-life stunts, plus quality time with beer, bears, and more.


ACTION POINT Blu-ray Combo Pack

The ACTION POINT Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles.  The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following: 


  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:

§  Benny and the Sh*tbirds

§  Anarchy in the Amusement Park

§  Old School, Bone-Crunching Stunts

§  Drinking Beer with Grizzly Bears

§  Deleted & Extended Scenes

§  Bloopers


  • Feature film in standard definition

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Quad announces Bob Fosse retrospective "Performance Anxieties," Aug 3-9

Choreographer, actor, writer, director: Bob Fosse wore many hats—aside from the bowler that became his trademark. A live wire who galvanized musical theatre and movies alike, he won nine Tonys, three Emmys, and one Oscar—the latter for Best Director (Cabaret). The Chicago native attended dance school as a teenager and staged numbers at the burlesque houses where he emceed. Debuting on the Great White Way in January 1950, Fosse also performed on television shows a few blocks away, and through several collaborations with Stanley Donen, quickly became the entertainment industry’s most sought-after choreographer for stage and film. The leap into the director’s chair followed—though he was never one to sit still for long—and by the 1970s he had joined the front ranks of American filmmakers. Drawing upon his own life and expanding his art without filters or limits, he guided his actors to transform physically and emotionally, yielding movies (and moves) that stun and exhilarate. So snap your fingers, roll your shoulders, and get ready to be knocked back in your seat by a man whose last name became shorthand for both dynamism and dynamo.

Photo courtesy of The Everett Collection
All That Jazz
Bob Fosse, 1979, U.S., 123m, 35mm
Bob Fosse, 1972, U.S., 124m, 35mm
Damn Yankees
George Abbott/Stanley Donen, 1958, U.S., 111m, 35mm
Bob Fosse, 1974, U.S., 111m, 35mm
The Little Prince
Stanley Donen, 1974, UK/U.S., 88m, 35mm
Liza with a "Z"
Bob Fosse, 1972, U.S., 55m, DCP
My Sister Eileen
Richard Quine, 1955, U.S., 108m, DCP
Star 80
Bob Fosse, 1983, U.S., 103m, 35mm
Sweet Charity
Bob Fosse, 1969, U.S., 149m, DCP

Remembering George A. Romero.

A year ago a man passed away. For years I argued that George Romero was an Master Filmmaker and people just shrugged it off, but I was proven right by the great resurgence he had at the tail end of his career and even got to interview him during the time when Land of the Dead was about to be released for the first time on DVD. Often copied, but never equaled and always ahead of his time as well as a true artist, I love George A. Romero and miss him, but I am thankful by the body of work he left us and it's insights that are beginning to be understood by others now. I feel very blessed to have talked to him, interviewed him and even made him laugh. George was more than a hero and filmmaker to me, he was a human being. A truly great one at that. Thank you George and thank you all. R.I.P.

Mark A. Rivera
Author, Writer and Reviewer
July 16, 2018
Brooklyn, New York

Friday, July 13, 2018

A Quiet Place 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy Review.

John Krasinski Co-Wrote, Directed and even starred A Quiet Place, which costars his real life wife Emily Blunt, who plays his character's wife in the film too. The story is pretty straight forward in that somehow carnivorous alien creatures that are blind, but through their acute hearing hunt for prey with stealth and alacrity. A human family has adopted to a life where they are cautious not to make a sound and communicate mostly through sign language. After a tragedy that occurs at the beginning of the film, his daughter believes her father no longer loved her and feels increasingly disassociated from him as the hearing aids he makes for her don't seem to work.

Soon after the family is forced to use their survival skills individually and for each other as everything they have come to know are put to the test with deep emotional and physical stakes on the line.

A Quiet Place looks fantastic in both 4K Ultra HD and 1080p/24fps full HD with the high dynamic range of the colors that more so than any other factor makes the film more vibrant in daytime scenes and sport a somewhat inky blackness in night sequences. 

The big star of the film on disc is the English Dolby ATMOS Soundtrack that creates an ever enveloping field of sound that almost evolves in quality as things develop toward the film's climax.

Both discs also features French, Spanish and Portuguese Language 5.1 Dolby Audio Tracks coupled with an English Descriptive Audio Track for the Visually Impaired as well as English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese Language Subtitles encoded as options.

Three featurettes covering the production (14:95), Sound Editing (11:44) and visual effects (7:33) collectively they give some insight as to the nature of the creatures in the story as well as their backstory as to where the creatures came from. This was talked about off camera during preproduction, but is not made public in the featurettes or feature film itself so don't go into it expecting an answer, but at least you will know, they put thought into developing them.

An insert containing a choice of either a limited time only redeemable code for an iTunes or an Ultraviolet Digital Copy is included within the black Ultra HD BD case.

A Quiet Place 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy is available now at retailers on and offline courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.

(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

BOOK CLUB Comes to Digital August 14th & to Blu-ray/DVD August 28th




Arrives on Digital August 14, 2018


Blu-ray Combo Pack Debuts August 28 with Nearly an Hour of 
Wildly Funny Bonus Content


HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “pure comedy gold” (Andrew Freund, Dish Nation-FOX TV) and “fifty shades of great” (Pete Hammond, Deadline), the delightfully entertaining BOOK CLUB debuts on Digital August 14, 2018 and on               Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 28 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.


Starring legendary actresses Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and 
Mary Steenburgen, BOOK CLUB follows four lifelong friends whose lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous "Fifty Shades of Grey."  From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.  The film also stars Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, 
Richard Dreyfuss and Ed Begley Jr.


The Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with uproarious bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, interviews with filmmakers and the iconic cast, explorations of the writing and casting process and behind-the-scenes footage from the set.  


BOOK CLUB Blu-ray Combo Pack

The BOOK CLUB Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.  The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, French, and Spanish subtitles.   The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following: 


·         Feature film in high definition

·         Bonus Content: Go inside the making of Book Club!

o   Deleted & Extended Scenes

o   It All Started with a Book –The journey from script to screen

o   Casting Book Club –Working with Hollywood icons

o   Location, Location, Location – Visit the set with filmmakers

o   A New Chapter – The cast discuss themes of friendship and romance Living in the Moment – Creating the film’s theme song



·         Feature film in standard definition

Monday, July 9, 2018

Public Image Limited announces Rotten North American Tour

Public Image Ltd. (L-R) Lu Edmonds, John Lydon, Scott Firth, Bruce Smith (photo Tomohiro Noritsune).

In celebration of their 40th Anniversary,JOHN LYDON’s PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) have announced THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, will kick off in New Orleans onTuesday, October 9 (see below for all dates). Tickets go on-sale startingFriday, July 13 at 10:00AM local time. Further PUBLIC IMAGE LTDactivity includes the release of THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN a career–spanning box set (out July 20) and a new documentary film of the same name, the latter of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and at London’s Raindance Festival. Directed by Tabbert Fiiller and released by Abramorama, the film will make its North American theatrical premiere onFriday, September 14 in New York Cityat Metrograph with more theatrical dates in October-November to coincide with PiL’s North American fall tour. View the trailer for THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN film (here).

THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN:NORTH AMERICAN TOUR arrives on the heels of the band’s current headliningUK/Europe tour which has included a number of sold-out shows as well as festival performances and Japanesedates. The group’s worldwide tour in 2016 was regarded by many as the best performances the band have ever played; it followed the release of their 10th studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ (2015) and the critically-acclaimed ‘This is PiL’ (2012) which marked the band’s first album in 17 years. ‘What The World Needs Now’peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim worldwide from both the press and public. (The album also peaked atnumber 3 in the official UK indie charts and number 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). ‘What The World Needs Now…’ was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, JOHN LYDON guided the band from their debut album ‘First Issue’ in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’. After a 17-year hiatus,LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.
JOHN LYDON, LU EDMONDS, SCOTT FIRTH and BRUCE SMITH continue asPiL and remain the longest stable line-up in the band’s history.
John Lydon - After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses and has recently released the autobiography ‘Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored’.
Lu Edmonds - Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album ‘Happy?’ and co-writing the album ‘9’, adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.
Bruce Smith - Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums ‘Happy?’ and ‘9’. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold. 
Scott Firth - A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.
TUE    10/9    New Orleans, LA       The Civic Theatre
WED   10/10  Atlanta, GA                Variety Playhouse                  
FRI     10/12  Washington, DC        Black Cat
SAT    10/13  Asbury Park, NJ         Asbury Lanes 
MON   10/15  Brooklyn, NY              Brooklyn Steel
TUE    10/16  Philadelphia, PA        Union Transfer                       
THU    10/18  Montreal, QC             Club Soda
FRI     10/19  Toronto, ON               Lee's Palace  
SUN   10/21  Detroit, MI                  The Majestic
MON   10/22  Chicago, IL                 Thalia Hall                  
WED   10/24  Dallas, TX                  Granada Theatre
THU    10/25  Austin, TX                  The Mohawk  
SUN   10/28  Portland, OR              Wonder Ballroom
MON   10/29  Seattle, WA                Showbox        
WED  10/31  San Francisco, CA     The Chapel
THU    11/1    San Francisco, CA     The Chapel
SAT    11/3    Los Angeles, CA        El Rey           
TUE    11/6    Mexico City, MX         Pepsi Centre
FRI     9/14    New York City, NY    The Metrograph

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The career-spanning, new music documentary on the band THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN from Abramoramaand Verisimilitude, tells the story of music icon John Lydon and his pioneering group PiL with a level of depth and intimacy never-before-seen. Following a sold-out screening at Camden London’s Odeon Cinema, the film is now set for release in multiple theaters across the United Kingdom and select European cities throughout the summer, followed by a North American theatrical tour in the fall kicking off at New York City’s downtown Metrograph. Directed by Tabbert Fiiller and Producedby Tyler Brodie, Hunter Gray, Phaedon Papadopoulos and Tabbert Fiiller, THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN features in-depth interviews with JOHN LYDON,former and current PiL bandmates as well as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) among others, and the film is loaded with electrifying archival performance and interview footage.