Paladin & iDreamMachine Bring “Billboard” To Cinemas Nationwide This Spring

December 12th, 2018

Filmmaker Zeke Zelker (“InSearchOf,” “Loggerheads”), under his iDreamMachine production banner has joined forces with Mark Urman’s Paladin to bring his latest film, “Billboard,” to cinemas nationwide in over 25 markets beginning on April 5th, 2019. Zelker wrote, directed and produced “Billboard,” which stars: John Robinson (“Elephant,” “Lords of Dogtown,”), Heather Matarazzo (“Welcome to the Dollhouse,” “The Princess Diaries”), Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Leo Fitzpatrick (“Kids,” “Bully”), Darlene Cates (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grapes,” “Picket Fences”), and Oakes Fegley (“Pete’s Dragon,” “This is Where I Leave You”). The film will expand to additional multiple major markets nationwide.

“Billboard” transcends the “normal” movie going experience in that its content can be consumed in a number of ways and on different portals. The story, premise, and characters from the feature film can also be enjoyed via live events, a web series, social media, and a virtual radio station. Zelker calls this a “cine•experience,” and plans to entertain audiences with multiple narratives, told across various platforms, allowing viewers to be enveloped in a richer storytelling experience.

The underlying feature film, “Billboard,” which begins its nationwide theatrical run on April 5th, 2019 in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, (expanding to over 25 markets on in the month of April alone). “Billboard” focuses on a struggling radio station in Pennsylvania that hosts a billboard-sitting contest in a last-ditch attempt to stay on air. Zelker has also created a twenty-five episode web series that follows a day in the life of the four contestants, “The Billboard Sitters,” which will be available to digital audiences as of February 1st, 2019. He has also created a virtual radio station, WTYT960.com, that parallels the station portrayed in the film and features the music of over a thousand bands from twenty-two countries and forty-nine states. The radio station promotes the participating bands who, in turn, will be promoting the film. Zelker used this sort of mutually beneficial interaction throughout the filmmaking process whereby people created submission videos for the contest as a casting tool, where some were included in the movie, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. Additionally, Zelker and his team will be hosting live events around the country sponsored by the fictitious radio station WTYT 960

“We’re excited to be sharing “Billboard” in cinemas across the country, doing pop-up events at various theaters. We want to make the movie going experience fun again. In every twist and turn of this project we want to entertain people in different ways,” states Zelker.

Urman adds, “Billboard deftly blends comedy and drama in showing us the extraordinary things that ordinary people do to get by in today’s America. Zeke has created a trenchant commentary on the way we live now, made all the more exciting because he’s presenting it in such a strikingly contemporary way.”

A long-time pioneer in what has been called “transmedia” entertainment, Zelker is committed to changing the face of film. The “Billboard cine•experience,” tells variations of its story in different ways per medium, which is something unique and not yet fully embraced by the mainstream movie industry. Zelker explores multiple sides of the narrative and is unafraid to push traditional boundary lines between truth and fiction; all while enabling audiences to become a part of the story.

In “Billboard,” Casey Lindeweiler (Robinson) inherits WTYT 960 from his legendary radioman father only to discover that it’s on the brink of financial collapse. To right the sinking ship, Casey pulls out the oldest trick in radio, the wacky contest. His grand plan is to host a billboard sitting contest where four people will live on a catwalk in front of a billboard for the chance of winning a mobile home and “nine-sixty thousand” dollars. Unprepared for the spotlight, Casey rises to the challenge of running a business but is faced with relentless attacks from his competition (Roberts), the local authorities, the media, and mother nature herself. Casey struggles to keep his father’s legacy alive while fighting to stay independent. “Billboard” is inspired by an actual billboard-sitting contest Zelker recalls from his youth.

PRODUCERS TIM HEADINGTON AND THERESA STEELE PAGE JOIN FORCES TO LAUNCH PRODUCTION & FINANCING COMPANY LEY LINE ENTERTAINMENT

December 11th, 2018

Producers Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page have teamed up to open Ley Line Entertainment, a content development, production, and financing company with projects spanning film, television, stage, and music.

Over the years, the duo has been involved in all facets of the entertainment business. Headington financed and produced such films as The Young Victoria, Argo, Hugo, and World War Z, while Page, a former music industry and advertising executive, was instrumental in overseeing the career development of many internationally recognized artists, including Britney Spears, NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, and Backstreet Boys.

Ley Line is hitting the ground running with Paul Harrill’s upcoming Sundance 2019 NEXT entry Light from Light, which Headington and Page produced with the Sailor Bear trio of David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston, alongside actor Elisabeth Moss and Kelly Williams (Sorry to Bother You). The film stars Marin Ireland and Jim Gaffigan.

Ley Line is also co-financing and co-producing David Lowery’s next effort, The Green Knight, a re-telling of the classic English tale Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, along with A24 and BRON.

“We started this company in order to foster both new and established talent while telling unique and meaningful stories across a broad range of mediums,” said Headington. “I’m looking forward to embarking on a long and creative partnership with Theresa.”

“Tim and I have diverse and complementary professional backgrounds and artistic tastes,” said Page. “I feel really good about the current lineup of projects we have and I’m excited to find and support the next generation of artists.”

Their first stage production is a musical–set to the international megahits of Max Martin–to be announced in January of 2019 and opening in the West End the following November. The company’s next stage project will be an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, with an eye towards a 2021 West End release. Headington produced the 2011 Oscar®-nominated film version (Hugo), and reflecting back on it, he says “it’s one of the projects I’ve remained the most fond of in my career, and I still feel a deep personal attachment to the story. Brian is truly a genius and the stage seemed like a natural progression for his work.” Selznick is currently writing the libretto for the musical.

Also on their slate is an as-yet untitled bio-doc of musician Brian Wilson from director Brent Wilson (no relation) which Ley Line financed and produced. Executive produced by Brian and Melinda Wilson, the film follows the legendary Beach Boys co-founder as he has in-depth, intimate conversations with his old friend and Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine. Featuring new and classic music this doc will be a favorite for Wilson fans. The film is in post-production and is slated for a 2019 release.

Other upcoming projects include The Mercy of Thin Air, based on the novel by Ronlyn Domingue, which the company has optioned and is developing, and a film based on the award-winning indie game by Atmos Games, Pinstripe.

They Shall Not Grow Old – Trailer

December 11th, 2018

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “The Hobbit” Trilogy) comes the groundbreaking documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old,” presented on the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Applying state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies to century-old footage—carefully chosen from hundreds of hours of original Great War film held in the archives of the Imperial War Museum (IWM)—Jackson has created an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic cinematic experience. The only narration comes from Great War veterans themselves, selected from over 600 hours of BBC and IWM archive interviews, resulting in a gripping account of “The War to End All Wars,” told by the soldiers who experienced it.

By restoring the original footage to a standard never seen before, the human face of WWI emerges with vivid clarity through the fog of time. Jackson captures the day-to-day experience of its soldiers and reveals the reality of war for those on the front line: their attitudes about the conflict; their camaraderie and their need for humor amidst the horror; the functions of daily life in the trenches; and what their lives were like during periods of rest.

Using cutting-edge techniques to transform the images of a century ago into footage that could have been shot today, Jackson both remembers and honors a generation changed forever by a global war.

“They Shall Not Grow Old” was directed by Peter Jackson and produced by Clare Olssen and Jackson, with Ken Kamins, Tessa Ross, Di Lees and Jenny Waldman serving as executive producers. The film was edited by Jabez Olssen. The music is by David Donaldson, Janet Roddick & Steve Roche.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Wingnut Films Production, co‐commissioned by 14‐18 NOW and Imperial War Museum in association with BBC. It is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “Okko’s Inn”

December 11th, 2018

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature OKKO’S INN, the new feature film from Studio Ghibli veteran animator Kitaro Kosaka. The film world premiered at the 2018 Annecy International Film Festival, and additionally played at Animation is Film this past October. GKIDS will release the film theatrically next year in both its original Japanese language and a new English dubbed version.

OKKO’S INN follows Okko, who goes to live with her grandmother in the countryside after losing her parents. While she prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are playful ghosts who live there. However, only she can see them.

The all-rights deal was negotiated by David Jesteadt of GKIDS and Haruko Watanabe of GAGA Corporation.

“From the moment we saw Okko’s Inn at Annecy, we knew this was a film we wanted to share with audiences nationwide,” said David Jesteadt, president of GKIDS. “Director Kitaro Kosaka has made a film of effortless warmth and generosity of spirit, and that feels more necessary than ever.”

SYNOPSIS
After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. The inn’s motto is that it welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself. The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli, seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. Okko’s Inn delivers a rare ghost story that – despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG – Poster

December 11th, 2018

Here is the poster from the upcoming film SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. The film is directed by Jeff Fowler, starring James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Natasha Rothwell, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough, Adam Pally and Jim Carrey.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG OPENS IN THEATRES NOVEMBER 8, 2019



BRIGHTBURN – Trailer

December 11th, 2018

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “BRIGHTBURN.” The film is directed by David Yarovesky, starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, and Meredith Hagner.

Releases in U.S. theaters on May 24, 2019.

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.

AVENGERS: END GAME – Trailer

December 8th, 2018

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “AVENGERS: END GAME.” Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, starring Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Brie Larson.

“Avengers: End Game” releases in U.S. theaters on April 26, 2019.

COMCAST JOINS PIONEERING DIGITAL SERVICE MOVIES ANYWHERE GIVING XFINITY TV CUSTOMERS CROSS-PLATFORM ACCESS TO DIGITAL PURCHASES

December 8th, 2018

Beginning today, Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers can sync their accounts with Movies Anywhere and seamlessly combine eligible movie purchases from the Xfinity Digital Store with those from other Movies Anywhere digital retailers and access them on Xfinity X1, the Xfinity Stream app and other Xfinity TV platforms. Comcast is the first pay TV provider to join Movies Anywhere, the pioneering movie service that launched last year in the U.S. with an unprecedented five Hollywood studios and now – with Comcast – seven major digital retailers (Xfinity, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW).

Comcast has joined Movies Anywhere in time for Xfinity TV customers to take advantage of Movies Anywhere’s current syncing offer. For a limited time, fans who sync for the first time with Xfinity, or one of the other participating digital retailers, will receive a copy of “Happy Feet.” Those who sync for the first time with two digital retailers also receive “The Martian” and “The Fate of the Furious.” For more information on this offer, visit Movies Anywhere’s website.

“Comcast is one of the country’s leading pay TV providers with a customer base that, like ours, consists of people who are passionate about the movies they love,” said Karin Gilford, General Manager, Movies Anywhere. “We are thrilled to now include Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers among those who can benefit from Movies Anywhere’s ability to bring their favorite movies together in one place that can be accessed across a multitude of devices using the Movies Anywhere app and across Xfinity TV platforms.”

“Xfinity X1 is the only platform that provides customers with seamless, integrated access to all of their entertainment choices within one user interface, whether that content is live, on demand, streamed, recorded, rented or owned,” said Daniel Spinosa, Vice President, Entertainment Services, Comcast Cable. “And by joining Movies Anywhere, Xfinity TV customers can now easily link their accounts across participating digital retailers and watch their consolidated digital library on X1, or anywhere in the country via the Xfinity Stream app and portal.”

To get started, Xfinity TV customers will need to create a Movies Anywhere account on the Movies Anywhere app or website. Once logged in, they can connect their Xfinity TV account, as well as their accounts from any other participating digital retailers, to Movies Anywhere and create one centralized digital movie collection that can be accessed on Xfinity X1, the Xfinity Stream app and other Xfinity TV platforms.

With the addition of Comcast to the Movies Anywhere lineup, customers’ Movies Anywhere collections will be accessible for the first time directly on the TV through Xfinity On Demand, and on devices via the Xfinity Stream app and web portal. All Movies Anywhere users are also able to access their collections via the Movies Anywhere app and web portal on an array of additional platforms.

Movies Anywhere extends Xfinity TV customers’ ability to purchase digital movies across their favorite platforms and retailers, including the Xfinity Digital Store. One of the top digital retailers for new releases, the Xfinity Digital Store offers Xfinity TV customers the ability to easily purchase and access thousands of movies, many featuring enhanced extras via X1 and across devices via the Xfinity Stream app and web portal.

In Theaters December 7, 2018

December 7th, 2018

    MARY QUEENS OF SCOTS 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Poster“Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

  MARY QUEENS OF SCOTS TRAILER

 

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VOX LUX 


VOX LUX Release PosterVOX LUX begins in 1999 when teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin) survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe – while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.

 

 

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    BEN IS BACK  

BEN IS BACK Release Poster “19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother’s undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe. Ben is Back also stars Courtney B. Vance (The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird).

BEN IS BACK TRAILER

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  DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES  

DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES Release PosterBy coaching an unrivaled stable of politicians over the course of fifty years, Ailes heavily influenced Republican politics, steering the conservative movement from Nixon, to the Tea Party, to Trump. Under his tutelage, anger and fear became the coin of the realm, both on the ballot and on national television. Diagnosed with hemophilia at an early age, it took someone intimate with fear to skillfully manipulate the fear of others.

With Rupert Murdoch behind him, Roger Ailes started Fox News and turned it into a money-making juggernaut, with profits exceeding those of all its rivals combined. He discarded notions of traditional journalism and turned prime time television into flame-throwing TV. Short skirts and low necklines mesmerized his audience and, as long as Fox made money, there was little oversight of his fiefdom. But the carnival house mirror Ailes put up to America reflected his own distorted personal life.

This is a story of serial cruelty, both on the public stage and in private life. Like a true Shakespearean figure, ambition and desire were Ailes’ undoing. He was finally toppled when victims of his sexual harassment stepped forward. The accounts of these women—raw and infuriating—are the axis around which Ailes’ story inexorably turns.

  DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES TRAILER

 

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  BERNIE THE DOLPHIN  

BERNIE THE DOLPHIN  PosterKevin and Holly love splashing and playing with their dolphin friend Bernie and his family. But when Bernie goes missing, the kids go looking for him. While searching, they discover a real-estate development plan that threatens the baby sea turtles on their favorite beach. Can the brave duo stop the developers while racing to reunite Bernie with his loved ones? This sunny family adventure stars Kevin Sorbo (TV’s “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers).

 

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  THE APPEARANCE   

THE APPEARANCE  Release Poster
Mateho the Inquisitor (Jake Stormoen, “The Outpost”) and his comrade (Kristian Nairn, “Game of Thrones”) are summoned to a monastery to investigate a series of mysterious murders and the alleged ‘witch’ accused of the horrific crimes. It soon becomes clear that something evil haunts the church and Mateho must act quickly to stop the dark vengeance from destroying everything in its path.

 

 

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  NEWLY SINGLE  

NEWLY SINGLE Release Poster American filmmaker Adam Christian Clark directs and stars in this jet black comedy centered around the Los Angeles dating scene, as a self-obsessed filmmaker finds himself on the market once again. The film is a darkly funny and sometimes brutal exercise. While the film is reminiscent of great American cinema of the 1970’s with a somewhat staccato structure made up of disparate moments, this is still a thoroughly modern affair replete with some graphic sexuality and an often harsh takedown on modern views of dating.

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BREAKTHROUGH – Trailer

December 6th, 2018

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “BREAKTHROUGH.” Directed by Roxann Dawson, the film stars Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell and Dennis Haysbert.

BREAKTHROUGH
Release: Easter 2019

BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.