Saturday, February 29, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Aaron Fisher’s Feature Film Debut “INSIDE THE RAIN” To Be Released Theatrically Nationwide This March
Rosie Perez, Eric Roberts, Aaron Fisher, Ellen Toland, Catherine Curtin and Paul Schulze Star In
Aaron Fisher’s Feature Film Debut
“INSIDE THE RAIN”
To Be Released Theatrically Nationwide This March
Romantic Comedy Loosely Based on Fisher’s Experiences Living with Bipolar Disorder
“Assured offbeat comedy… Director-star Aaron Fisher shines both behind and in front of the camera” - San Francisco Chronicle
New York, NY – February 27, 2020 – Sky Island Films announced today the nationwide theatrical release of INSIDE THE RAIN, the award-winning movie about a bipolar college student, (Aaron Fisher) who is expelled from school and determined to prove his innocence with the help of a moonlighting sex worker he meets (Ellen Toland). The film, directed and written by and starring Aaron Fisher also stars Rosie Perez, Eric Roberts, Catherine Curtin and Paul Schulze. Although INSIDE THE RAIN is a work of fiction, Fisher, who suffers from bipolar disorder, took the last 10 years of his life and infused his experiences into this 90- minute movie. The film opens on Friday, March 13 at the Village East Cinema in NYC and Los Angeles at Laemmle Theaters on March 20. It will then expand to top markets nationwide including Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, DC, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Miami and Denver, among others.
INSIDE THE RAIN received rave critical reviews throughout its film festival run, including “Insightful and audacious, with terrific cast…raw and heartfelt emotion” by Westwood One, “Genuine and authentic... impressive” by Film Threat and“Captivating” by Tribune Wire Service. It won
College film student Benjamin Glass (played by writer-director Aaron Fisher) has it all: ADHD, OCD, borderline personality. And he’s also bipolar. But Glass is more than his diagnoses - he prefers the term “recklessly extravagant” - and he’s determined to prove his genius. When a misunderstanding threatens to expel him from college, Glass pushes back; he plans on recreating the incident on video with the help of a moonlighting sex worker (Ellen Toland), to clear his name. But how will he raise the money for the film, when his parents dismiss the scheme as another manic episode?
INSIDE THE RAIN is a wincingly funny rom-com-drama, anchored by off- kilter performances by co-stars Fisher and Toland. The colorful ensemble cast includes Rosie Perez as a tough love shrink, Eric Roberts as an unhinged film producer, and Catherine Curtin and Paul Schulze as the long-suffering parents. The ultimate underdog film and proof that if you believe in yourself, anything is possible.
INSIDE THE RAIN is produced by George LaVoo and presented by Act 13 in association with Killer Films. It is executive produced by Christine Vachon, Danny Fisher and Javier Gonzalez.
Official Website: www.insidetherainmovie.com
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Juno Films will release Rob Garver's What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael on June 16th via MVD Entertainment Group. The film had its world premiere at Telluride and premiered theatrically at Film Forum in January 2020.
Tagged by Roger Ebert as the most influential film critic of the late twentieth century, the film tells the story of Pauline's turbulent life and work, through never-seen archival footage, her published writing and personal letters, and interviews with both friends and foes of her pen. Pauline is voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, and participants include Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, David O. Russell, Molly Haskell, Francis Ford Coppola, and daughter Gina James.
Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was likely the most powerful, and personal, movie critic of the 20th century. Writing for The New Yorker and publishing a dozen best-selling books, she ruthlessly pursued what made a movie or an actor's performance work, or not, and why. Her passion made her both admired and despised amongst her readers and her subjects. Pauline's own story is one of struggle and obsession: the fight to establish her voice and have it heard, and to raise a daughter on her own in a time when the obstacles were high. The latter golden age of movies of the 1960s and 1970s are the focus of this film that pursues the question of what made Pauline Kael's work so individual, so controversial - and so damned good.
New York-based director and editor Garver also produced for 29Pictures LLC, alongside Glen Zipper, producer of the Academy-Award winning documentary Undefeated, and co-producer Doug Blush (20 Feet From Stardom). Composer Rick Baitz (The Vagina Monologues) wrote original music for the film, and visual effects were created by Minbomb/LA.
The deal was negotiated between Elizabeth Sheldon, Juno's CEO and co-founder, and Eric Sloss of Cinetic. "Pauline Kael was a badass female film critic at a time when women were fighting for equality and respect," says Sheldon. "She remains an icon and iconoclast for film lovers today. We are thrilled to be working with Rob Garver to bring the film to American audiences."
Garver adds, "I think Pauline would be amused (and maybe worried) that a movie had been made about her. And she'd get a kick out of it being distributed by another woman. I am very excited to work with Elizabeth and Juno Films on a 5-year labor of love."
Juno Films distributes an eclectic and critically-acclaimed mix of films. Recent releases include the BFI's 2K restoration of Shiraz and Barbara Rubin and The Exploding New York Underground.
DVD bonus features:
- Never before released interview of Pauline Kael with Alfred Hitchcock
- Quentin Tarantino Interview Excerpts
- Paul Schrader Interview Excerpts
- Deleted Scenes
Monday, February 24, 2020
Release Dates: Now in theaters, On Demand and on Digital
On DVD April 7, 2020
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas with John Leguizamo and Helen Hunt
Directed By: Michael Cristofer
Written By: Michael Cristofer
Produced By: David Wulf, Tye Sheridan, Arianne Fraser
Synopsis: Tye Sheridan stars as hotel night clerk Bart Bromley who is a highly intelligent young man on the autism spectrum. When a woman is murdered during his shift, Bart becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigation closes in, Bart makes a personal connection with a beautiful guest named Andrea (Ana De Armas), but soon realizes he must stop the real murderer before she becomes the next victim. Also Starring Helen Hunt as Ethel Bromley and John Leguizamo as Detective Espada.
Run Time: 90 minutes
Rating: Rated R for language, some sexual references, brief nudity and violent images
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020
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. Kong, Legendary 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.
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.
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
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. RiveraAll 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
LOOKING FOR ALASKA
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.
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-ray™Steelbooks
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
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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