Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The decades go by fast.

There is something to be said about dates and numbers. In 1991 I co-won an award for screenwriting in film school. In 2001 I appeared on the cover of The New York Times Technology Section regarding the reviews of videos I was reviewing on my website/blog and in 2011 I published my first book The Final Arbiter. Between the Times article and book they came out ten years apart by roughly one day. So I wonder and hope 2021 will surprise me with something good? I also hope 2021 surprises everyone with something good. Namaste.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

WILDCAT arrives on DVD June 29th

Release Dates:                Now in Select Theaters, On Digital & On Demand

On DVD June 29, 2021

Starring:                            Georgina Campbell, Luke Benward, Ibrahim Renno, Mido Hamada, Ali Olomi, Maz Siam

Directed By:                     Jonathan W. Stokes

Written By:                      Jonathan W. Stokes

Synopsis:                          An ambitious reporter (Georgina Campbell) stationed in the Middle East is taken captive after a militant group ambushes her convoy. Convinced that the young woman is hiding her true identity, they’ll stop at nothing to extract information crucial to the success of their upcoming terrorist attack.  With time running out, she must find a way to survive and turn the tables on her assailants.

Genre:                               Thriller

Run Time:                         93 minutes

Rating:                               R for violence/torture and language

The Action-Packed, All-Star G.I. JOE Feature Films Make Their U.S. Debuts on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™

 The Worldwide Smash Hits Arrive July 20, 2021, in Advance of the Highly Anticipated Theatrical Premiere of Snake Eyes: G.I. JOE Origins



When all else fails…these guys don’t!  Based on Hasbro’s wildly popular action figures, Paramount Pictures’ big screen global blockbusters G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRAand G.I. JOE: RETALIATION make their long-awaited U.S. 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts on July 20, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.


For the first time, both G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION will be available on disc in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision® and HDR-10 for ultra-vivid picture quality.*


Starring Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rachel Nichols and Ray Park, as well as veteran actors Dennis Quaid and Christopher Eccleston, G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA follows a top-secret elite strike force featuring the best operatives from around the globe.  After a high-tech secret weapon is stolen by a mysterious and evil organization known as COBRA, it’s a race against time for the G.I. JOE team to avoid their enemy from plunging the world into chaos.


Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis star in the explosive global hit G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.  The G.I. JOE team has been set up to take the fall for a terrible crime they didn’t commit.  Now, ROADBLOCK, DUKE, and the rest of the team must once again face their mortal enemy COBRA, as well as dangerous new threats operating within the government. When all else fails, one option remains —RETALIATION.


The G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set includes access to a digital copy of the film along with previously released bonus content:

              4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

·       Feature film in 4K Ultra HD

·       Commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay


·       Feature film in HD

·       Commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay


The G.I. JOE: RETALIATION two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set includes access to a digital copy of the film along with previously released bonus content:

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

·       Feature film in 4K Ultra HD

·       Commentary by director Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura


·       Feature film in HD

·       Commentary by director Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura

·       G.I. JOE: Declassified

o   Mission Briefing

o   Deployment

o   Two Ninjas

o   The Desert Attack

o   COBRA Strikes

o   The Lone Soldiers

o   The Monastery

o   Fort Sumter

·       Deleted Scenes

Monday, April 26, 2021

Newly Remastered Eddie Murphy Classics 48 Hours and Another 48 Hours Arrive on Blu-ray July 6th

Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte push the limits of both action and comedy in the acclaimed classics 48 HRSand ANOTHER 48 HRS., arriving separately on Blu-ray in the Paramount Presents line July 6, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.


Both films have been newly remastered from 4K film transfers and are presented with new bonus content featuring insight from director Walter Hill along with vintage behind-the-scenes footage to look back at the making of his high-octane classics.  This is the Blu-ray debut of ANOTHER 48 HRSThe limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray Discs come in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of each film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.  The discs also include access to a digital copy of the film along with the theatrical trailer.  Special features on each disc are detailed below:


48 HRS.

·       Filmmaker Focus: Director Walter Hill on48 HRS.

·       Theatrical Trailer

·       Space Kid—original 1966 animated short, which makes an appearance in the film



·       Filmmaker Focus: Director Walter Hill on ANOTHER 48 HRS.

·       Theatrical Trailer



48 HRS. Synopsis

Nick Nolte is unforgettable as Jack Cates, a rough-edged Inspector on the hunt for two vicious cop-killers. Unlikely ride-along con Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), is given 48-hour leave from prison to help Cates on the case. The laughs fly almost as much as the punches, as both men pursue two very different goals in a short amount of time.


ANOTHER 48 HRS. Synopsis

Eight years after the first 48 hours of mayhem, Reggie (Murphy) is about to be released from the pen.  But, after the bus transporting him flips over (17 times), Inspector Jack Cates (Nolte) enlists the ex-con for another seemingly impossible two-day task to nail an elusive drug lord with a price on Reggie’s head.


About Paramount Presents

This collectible line spans celebrated classics to film-lover favorites, each from the studio’s renowned library.  Every Paramount Presents release features never-before-seen bonus content and exclusive collectible packaging.  Additional titles available in the Paramount Presents collection on Blu-ray include: Fatal AttractionKing CreoleTo Catch a ThiefFlashdanceDays of ThunderPretty In PinkAirplane!, Ghost, Roman Holiday, The Haunting, The Golden ChildTrading Places, The Court Jester, Love Story, Elizabethtown, The Greatest Show on Earth, Mommie Dearest, and Last Train From Gun Hill.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

UNDERCOVER PUNCH & GUN new trailer & on DIGTAL & BLU-RAY June 8



“… bracingly brutal, down-and-dirty yet precise, and full of beautifully painful flourishes …”





The MMA Thriller Debuts Exclusively on the Streaming Service Hi-YAH! May 7


Available on Digital, Blu-ray & DVD June 8 with an All-New English Dub



PLANO, TEXAS (April 21, 2021) – An undercover cop’s daring plan to infiltrate a notorious drug ring is severely compromised when a rival agency attacks mid-trade and kills the gang’s leader in the action-packed MMA thrillerUNDERCOVER PUNCH & GUN Their cover blown, both teams are forced to unite and take to the high seas in an attempt to overthrow the ruthless smuggler behind it all. UNDERCOVER PUNCH & GUN debuts exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-YAH! on May 7, before smashes its way onto Digital, Blu-ray and DVDJune 8 with an all-new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment.


First-time co-directors Lui Koon Nam and Frankie Tam assembled an exciting cast – including Philip Ng (Enter the Fat Dragon, Chasing the Dragon), Van Ness Wu (Ip Man 4, Dragon Blade), and Andy On (Special ID, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai ) – for this MMA extravaganza with the explosive action fight sequences choreographed by Philip Ng, “…one of the best action directors working today.” (Asian Film Strike)



While an elite cop is working undercover to infiltrate a notorious drug ring, his plan is compromised when a rival agency with a grudge attacks during a trade, killing the gang’s leader. Their cover blown, both teams are forced to unite and take to the high seas in an attempt to overthrow the ruthless smuggler behind it all.


Country of Origin:    China


UNDERCOVER PUNCH & GUN has a runtime of approximately 91 minutes and is not rated.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

NIGHT OF THE SICARIO arrives on DVD June 22nd

 Release Dates:                Now In Select Theaters, On Digital & On Demand


                             On DVD June 22, 2021


Starring:                            Natasha Henstridge, Manny Perez, Costas Mandylor


Directed By:                     Joth Riggs

Written By:                      Ernesto Melara and Matthew Eason

Synopsis:                          Natasha Henstridge (Species) and Costas Mandylor (Saw franchise) star in this action-packed, suspenseful thriller that will shock you at every turn. While transporting the family of a key witness in a federal trial against the cartel, DEA agents are ambushed in a fatal shootout. Now the survivors, including the witness’ young daughter, must take refuge in a nearby home as the ruthless sicarios hunt them down. With danger at every corner and a violent hurricane wiping out any chance of outside help, they must play a deadly game of cat and mouse with the cartel to live through the night.

Genre:                               Action, Thriller

Run Time:                         82 minutes


Rating:                               R for some violence

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Defending Jacob arrives on DVD July 6th



“Chris Evans is as commanding as ever”



“Addictive… chilling twists and turns”

—Chicago Sun-Times




Defending Jacob


Arriving on DVD July 6, 2021 with Exclusive Bonus Content Including Deleted Scenes and Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Chris Evans stars in the acclaimed limited series DEFENDING JACOB, arriving on DVD July 6, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.


A gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, DEFENDING JACOB unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney (Chris Evans) to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son. DEFENDING JACOB was created, written, and executive produced by Mark Bomback (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and directed and executive produced by Academy Award® nominee* Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game). The series also stars Golden Globe® nominee** Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), Jaeden Martell (ItKnives Out), Academy Award® winner*** J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and three-time Emmy® Award winner**** Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).


Produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, DEFENDING JACOB was one of the most watched series premieres for Apple TV+ and earned an 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes® (as of 4/12/21).  The 3-Disc DVD set features all eight riveting episodes, along with exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes and two behind-the-scenes featurettes.  DEFENDING JACOB will also be available on Blu-ray through manufacturing-on-demand.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Leslie Lehr’s Acclaimed Book, A Boob’s Life Is Now Available Just In Time For Mother’s Day


From her prize-winning fiction to her viral New York Times Modern Love essay, exploring the challenges facing contemporary women has been author Leslie Lehr’s life-long passion. In her highly praised newly released book, A Boob's Life: How America's Obsession Shaped Me—and You, her first project since breast cancer treatment, she continues this mission, taking readers on a wildly informative, deeply personal, and utterly relatable journey. No matter your gender or age, you will never view this sexy and sacred body part the same way again. The book has already caught the attention of the literary and entertainment industries alike, with Publisher’s Weekly saying that the book is a “witty and incisive look at American attitudes toward women’s breasts,” and Kirkus Reviews stating, “Thoughtful and honest. Our verdict: GET IT." It was also recently announced that Salma Hayek will be turning the book into a TV series for HBO Max!! This is a perfect Women's Empowerment and Uplifting gift for Mother's Day (May 9th)!! 

A BOOB's LIFE Has been featured on:

  • PEOPLE Magazine's "People Picks: Best New Books"
  • GLAMOUR Magazine's "10 Best New Books to Read March 2021"
  • ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's "10 Books to Read for Women's History Month 2021"
  • GOOD MORNING AMERICA's "25 Must-Read Books for March"

Author Leslie Lehr wants to talk about boobs. She’s gone from size AA to DDD and everything between, from puberty to motherhood, enhancement to cancer, and beyond. And she’s not alone—these are classic life stages for women today. A Boob’s Life explores the surprising truth about women’s most popular body part with vulnerable, witty frankness and true nuggets of American culture that will resonate with everyone who has breasts—or loves them. At turns funny and heartbreaking, A Boob’s Life explores both the joys and hazards inherent to living in a woman’s body. Lehr deftly blends her personal narrative with national history, starting in the 1960s with the women’s liberation movement and moving to the current feminist dialogue and what it means to be a woman. Her insightful and clever writing analyzes how America’s obsession with the female form has affected her own life’s journey and the psyche of all women today. Lehr explores the duality of today’s women to navigate a new path between sexy and sacred.
Lehr is a prize-winning novelist and non-fiction writer whose books include What A Mother Knows, a Target Recommended Read, Wife Goes On, and 66 Laps, winner of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize. Her nonfiction books include Welcome to Club Mom, Club Grandma, excerpted on, and Wendy Bellissimo: Nesting, featured on Oprah. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times Modern Love column (narrated by Katie Couric on NPR), HuffPost, Yourtango, and in anthologies Mommy Wars, The Honeymoon’s Over, and On Becoming Fearless. She wrote the original screenplay for the romantic thriller, HEARTLESS, and the comedy-drama, “Club Divorce”, for Lifetime. Lehr is a member of PEN, the Authors Guild, WGA, Women In Film, and the Women's Leadership Council. She has a BA from the School of Cinematic Arts at USC and an MFA from Antioch. Lehr is a breast cancer survivor, the mother of two daughters, and lives in Southern California

Friday, April 9, 2021

SILAT WARRIOR: DEED OF DEATH, Zoom event with Director Areel Abu Bakar & Megat Sharizal TONIGHT!






The Action-Packed, Martial Arts Extravaganza 

Debuts Exclusively on the Streaming Service Hi-YAH! June 4

Before Hitting Digital, Blu-ray & DVD July 6



PLANO, TEXAS (April 9, 2021) – When their younger brother brings a ruthless criminal gang to their door, a family must fight together against the threat in the action-packed martial arts epic SILAT WARRIORS: DEED OF DEATH, which will debut exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-YAH! on June 4, before hitting Digital, Blu-ray and DVD July 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  


In addition to actors Namron (One Two Jaga,DukunRedha) and Fad Anuar (Dollah Superstar, TV’s “KL Gangster: Underworld”), first-time film director Areel Abu Bakar selected much of the talent from martial arts training facilities and competitions in order to give a sense of realism the exciting action sequences.  His first-time actors include Khoharullah Majid, Feiyna Tajudin, Taiyuddin Bakar, Megat Shahrizal and Azlan Komeng.


SILAT WARRIORS: DEED OF DEATH won the Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema at the 2020 New York Asian Film Festival, the first Malaysian film to win the award.



When a reckless young gambler’s wild lifestyle of illegal gambling, drag racing, and betting on brutal street fights pits him against a ruthless criminal betting ring, his luck finally runs out. The gang shows up at his family’s home to collect on the debt, forcing his family to fight in order to save their land and his life—before their limited time runs out.


Country of Origin:    Malaysia


SILAT WARRIORS: DEED OF DEATH has a runtime of approximately 101 minutes and is not rated.

Thursday, April 8, 2021


My Fair Lady 4K UHD Trailer





Debuting May 25, 2021, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Includes Over Two Hours of Bonus Content


Relive the romance, music, and comedic charms of the indelible classic MY FAIR LADY, debuting on 4K Ultra HD May 25, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.


Winner of eight Academy Awards*, including Best Picture, MY FAIR LADY also won the Best Picture Golden Globe® and was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.  Adapted from the Broadway stage hit, the film stars Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, a role that earned him the Oscar® for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Audrey Hepburn as the unforgettable Eliza Doolittle.


The 4K Ultra HD release features stunning picture quality courtesy of a recent 8K film transfer, as well as English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD sound for the finest home presentation.  The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo also includes access to a digital copy of the film and more than two hours of previously released bonus content as detailed below:

4K Ultra HD Disc

·       Feature film in 4K Ultra HD


Blu-ray Disc

·       More Loverly Than Ever: The Making of My Fair Lady Then & Now

·       1963 Production Kick-Off Dinner

·       Los Angeles Premiere 10/28/1964

·       British Premiere

·       George Cukor Directs Baroness Bina Rothschild

·       Rex Harrison Radio Interview

·       Production Tests

o   Lighting

o   Wilfred Hyde White make-up

o   Rain/set

o   Covent Garden lighting test

o   Alt. Higgins/Pickering screen test

·       Alternate Audrey Hepburn Vocals

o   Show Me

o   Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?

·       Galleries

·       Comments on a Lady

o   Andrew Lloyd Webber

o   Martin Scorsese

·       Theatrical Featurettes

·       Story of a Lady

·       Design for a Lady

·       The Fairest Fair Lady

·       Trailers

·       Theatrical Reissue: Poster Illustration

·       Theatrical Reissue: Poster Illustration Reserved Seats Trailer

·       Theatrical Reissue: Poster Illustration Awards

·       Theatrical Reissue

·       Awards

o   Rex Harrison BFI Honor

o   Rex Harrison Golden Globe Acceptance Speech

o   Academy Awards Ceremony Highlights 4/5/65



This beloved adaptation of the Broadway stage hit stars Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a sassy, working-class London street vendor, and Rex Harrison as the elitist Professor Higgins, who attempts to turn Eliza into a sophisticated lady through proper tutoring. But, when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London society, her teacher may have a lesson or two to learn himself.

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