On DVD and Blu-ray May 23, 2017

May 23rd, 2017

GET OUT


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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario), a young African-American man, and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, “Girls”), a young white woman, have been dating for several months, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate at her family’s upstate home with parents Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods). At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Release Date: May 23, 2017

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THE GREAT WALL


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Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most celebrated visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), THE GREAT WALL tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. When a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Release Date: May 23, 2017

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MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI


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After befriending a kind police officer, nine-year-old Zucchini is taken to a foster home filled with other orphans his age. Though he struggles to find his place at first, with the help of his new friends, Zucchini learns to trust and love again as he searches for a new family of his own. With a band of unforgettable characters you’ll be cheering for, My Life as a Zucchini stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

Release Date: May 23, 2017

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LOGAN


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Touting an R-rating, allowing fans to finally see Logan’s legendary berserk rage unleashed, Mangold brings a visceral and gritty realism to the story, based on one of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters. In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant (Dafne Keen) arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Release Date: May 23, 2017

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SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS ACQUIRES NATHAN SILVER’S PSYCHOSEXUAL DRAMA “THIRST STREET”

May 22nd, 2017

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Nathan Silver’s THIRST STREET, starring Lindsay Burdge (“A Teacher”), Damien Bonnard (“Staying Vertical”) and narrated by Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston. Directed by Silver (“Stinking Heaven,” “Uncertain Terms”) and written by Silver and C. Mason Wells, the darkly comic Paris-set tale of romantic obsession had its World Premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and is set for release later this year.

THIRST STREET follows grief-stricken American flight attendant Gina (Burdge) on a layover in Paris, where she hooks up with nightclub bartender Jerome (Bonnard). As Gina falls deeper into lust and opts to stay in France, Jerome’s ex (Esther Garrel) reenters the picture, sending Gina on a downward spiral of miscommunication, masochism and madness.

The Playlist called THIRST STREET “A wry and disturbed look at lust and longing” and “Delightfully twisted.” Indiewire praised the film as “Enthralling,” adding that it “will make diehard cinephiles salivate.” Slant Magazine said “Burdge and Bonnard oscillate between affection, need, and panic with a liquid ferocity that’s fascinating and moving.”

THIRST STREET was produced by Louise Bellicaud and Claire Charles-Gervais (In Vivo Films), Josh Mandel (Industry Standard Films), C. Mason Wells (Maudit), Ruben Amar (Papermoon Films), Katie Stern and Joshua Blum (Washington Square Films), Matthew Ellison (Yellow Bear Films), David Solal and Elsa Leeb (TTM Films), and Jordan Goldnadel (The Third Generation).

“Nathan Silver’s film is a unique tale and we are thrilled to be bringing it to audiences,” says Samuel Goldwyn Films’ President Peter Goldwyn.

“We are immensely excited to work with Samuel Goldwyn on the release of THIRST STREET. We feel like it’s the ideal home for this French/American labor of love,” says director Nathan Silver.

Samuel Goldwyn’s Peter Goldwyn and Cinetic’s Jason Ishikawa negotiated the deal.

WISH UPON – New Trailer

May 22nd, 2017

Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film “WISH UPON” The film is directed by John R. Leonetti, starring Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Alice Lee, Kevin Hanchard, Sherilyn Fenn.

WISH UPON – In Theaters July 14, 2017

UNIVERSAL PICTURES UNVEILS “DARK UNIVERSE” WITH NAME, MARK AND MUSICAL THEME FOR ITS CLASSIC MONSTERS SERIES OF FILMS

May 22nd, 2017


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Universal Pictures announced today that its series of films reviving the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation will be known as “Dark Universe.” The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which will be released on June 9. The announcement includes details of the enterprise relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema, as well as confirmations of superstar cast and that Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct Bride of Frankenstein.

Dark Universe was begun by core creatives Alex Kurtzman, who also serves as director and producer of The Mummy, the inaugural film in the new classic monster series, and The Mummy producer Chris Morgan, who recently saw The Fate of the Furious, the sixth film he wrote for the Fast & Furious franchise, claim the biggest opening in history at the global box office when it opened on April 14. Also joining the enterprise to inspire and entertain a new generation are such visionary talents as Oscar winner® Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible series, The Usual Suspects) and David Koepp (War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park).

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

From his first score on Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and his iconic theme for The Simpsons—not to mention his collaborations with filmmakers including Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Sam Raimi, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Joss Whedon and Peter Jackson—four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman’s inimitable compositions have vaulted him into one of the most versatile and accomplished composers in history.

“I grew up on monsters,” said Elfman. “Monsters were my life, and these iconic Universal monsters were almost like my family. I simply wouldn’t be the same without them. When I got the opportunity to compose a theme for the Dark Universe logo, of course I jumped at it. What could be more fun than connecting to this world that has always been so deeply imbedded in my psyche? I tried to find something that was new but still had some connections with the past—the origins—at least in a subtle way. Something that was looking forward to a creative, fertile, imaginative future that Dark Universe will enter, and at the same time saluting the heritage of the tragic heroes (or anti-heroes) of my childhood. To the Monsters!!!!”

In another exciting development, Oscar® winner Bill Condon will follow his worldwide smash Beauty and the Beast, one of this year’s biggest hits—which crossed $1 billion at the global box office and became the most successful musical of all time—by directing Bride of Frankenstein, from a screenplay by Koepp. The next film from Dark Universe, Bride of Frankenstein will be released on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

In a related move, Universal announced that it will not release a Dark Universe film as previously planned for April 13, 2018, and that Bride will instead be the next chapter in the unspooling series of movies following this year’s The Mummy. The actress chosen to play the lead role in Condon’s version of this timeless story will be announced soon.

“I’m very excited to bring a new Bride of Frankenstein to life on screen, particularly since James Whale’s original creation is still so potent,” stated Condon. “The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made.”


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Dark Universe films will be distinguished by performances from some of the most talented and popular global superstars stepping into iconic roles, as well as electric new talents whose careers are starting to break through. While previously announced, the stars of both imminent and future Dark Universe projects are gathered for the first time in the attached photo: The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster will be played by, respectively, blockbuster icon Johnny Depp and Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem, who appear together later this summer in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Those actors join superstar Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella, the actress who embodies the title role in that film.

TWO ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED FILMMAKERS COME TOGETHER TO BRING “VEGAS BABY” TO THE BIG SCREEN

May 20th, 2017

Academy Award® nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock teams with fellow nominated filmmaker Amanda Micheli to bring her Tribeca Film Fest hit “VEGAS BABY” on the gamble of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to the public. Spurlock signed on this week as the film’s executive producer together with his business partner Jeremy Chilnick.

“I am so proud to be a part of this important movie and to have the opportunity to share it with audiences,” said Spurlock. “As the parent of a beautiful baby boy who came into our life through IVF, I understand the struggle and desire that comes with wanting a child in your life. The entire process can be a strain beyond words: mentally, emotionally, financially…but for us, it was worth it all in the end.”

“Despite the fact that 1 in 6 couples worldwide struggles with infertility, it is rarely talked about,” said director Micheli. “We are thrilled to have Morgan on our team to help us break the silence around this issue, which is so often misunderstood.”

VEGAS BABY pulls back the curtain on the world of reproductive medicine through a provocative, “truth is stranger than fiction” premise. The film follows aspiring parents from all walks of life who place themselves in the hands of a Las Vegas doctor and his annual contest, which offers the prize of a free round of IVF — with no guarantee of success. Contestants post video entries online telling their stories, counting on the votes of strangers to make their dreams of becoming parents true.

While exposing private pain online to win a contest is a brutal proposition, IVF is rarely covered by insurance in the U.S., so many infertile couples consider this a gamble worth taking. VEGAS BABY navigates the complexities of America’s burgeoning fertility industry and paints an intimate portrait of the diverse individuals – from a devoutly Catholic Latino couple in Texas to a lesbian Lady Gaga Impersonator in New York – determined to have a baby against all odds.

On the heels of a national Tugg theatrical release, FilmRise launched VEGAS BABY on Mother’s Day for purchase/rent on all major digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The film will have its national public television broadcast premiere on “America Reframed” on June 27th 2017. In July, it will be released worldwide on a subscriber video on-demand platform to be announced at a later date.

MINDHACK Hacks into the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

May 20th, 2017

Film Mode Entertainment is pleased to announce the World Market Premiere of Sci-Fi Thriller MINDHACK: #savetheworld at the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Spencer Locke (RESIDENT EVIL), Faran Tahir (IRON MAN), Scott Mechlowicz (DEMONIC) and Chris Mason (BETWEEN TWO WORLDS) and is commercial director Royce Gorsuch’s feature directorial debut.

”We were blown away by the originality and timeliness of Royce’s directorial debut. This is one of the most creative and commercially relevant films in the marketplace that knows exactly who its audience is; Millennials and Gen Z” Said Clay Epstein, President of Film Mode Entertainment.

MINDHACK: #savetheworld is an action-packed sci-fi thriller about a brilliant scientist on a mission to hack into the human mind in order to save humanity from its own catastrophic errors. Once he begins work on the controversial project, there is no stopping him as he is pushed to do whatever is necessary to accomplish his mission.
The film comes at an extremely poignant and timely juncture where hacking has taken the world by storm, from governments and other sources hacking into the systems of their adversaries to actual mind hacking incidents throughout the Silicon Valley and elsewhere throughout the world. Major news outlets including The Telegraph, Yahoo News and others have been reporting on how scientists have discovered how to upload knowledge to the human brain. Additionally, there is scientific evidence noted in articles in these media outlets and many more that “mind-hacking” has been going on since ancient Egypt.
Never in the history of the human race has there been such rampant hacking.

“This film was born from the exponentially evolving technological world we now live in and tells the paradoxical story of a generation who can currently change the world from their computers, and in the future will change the world by enhancing the power of the human mind. It was incredible to see the cast not only grasp these far reaching concepts of the film, but bring it to life with incredibly thrilling and emotionally charged performances. We assembled a team of geniuses to execute film, and we are thrilled to now partner with Clay Epstein and his team of geniuses for its release.” Said Gorsuch.

The film was produced by VIX PROD. CO.

Royce Gorsuch – represented by Matt Shichtman at The Gotham Group

Spencer Locke is represented by Paradigm, Faran Tahir by Greene & Associates, Scott Mechlowicz also by Greene & Associates, Chris Mason by 3 Arts / UTA / United Agents UK, Gbenga Akinnagbe by APA and
Brandon Scott by Innovative Artists.

Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment is representing worldwide rights on MINDHACK: #savetheworld and is screening the film for buyers in Cannes.

In Theaters May 19, 2017

May 19th, 2017

  ALIEN: COVENANT

ALIEN: COVENANT Release PosterRidley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

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  DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL 

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In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course–thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.

 
 
 
 

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  EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING 

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Release PosterWhat if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door?

“Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

 

 

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  RADIO DREAMS 

RADIO DREAMS Release Poster Radio Dreams brings to life the sometimes bizarre experience of immigrants pursuing dreams in the U.S.A. with the perfect mixture of honesty, art, and socio-political topicality served up in an ingenious, offbeat transmission.

 
 
 
 
 

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  THE COMMUNE 

THE COMMUNE Release PosterErik and Anna are a professional couple with a dream. Along with their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik’s huge villa in the upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune; we participate in house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test.

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CITY OF GHOSTS – Trailer

May 19th, 2017

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “CITY OF GHOSTS.” The film is directed by Matthew Heineman.

Amazon Studios and IFC Films will release CITY OF GHOSTS in theaters July 7, 2017

Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (CARTEL LAND), CITY OF GHOSTS is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented documentary filmmakers working today. Captivating in its immediacy, CITY OF GHOSTS follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” — a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

Okja – Trailer

May 19th, 2017

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “Okja.” The film is directed by Bong Joon Ho. starring Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, An Seo Hyun, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Yoon Je Moon, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, Devon Bostick, Woo Shik Choi, Giancarlo Esposito and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Okja will premiere exclusively on Netflix on June 28

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.

With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.

Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises-the bond between man and animal-and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all.

PATTI CAKE$ – Trailer

May 19th, 2017

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “PATTI CAKE$.” The film is directed by Geremy Jasper. starring Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay,Mamoudou Athie, McCaul Lombardi, Sahr Ngaujah.

PATTI CAKE$
In Theaters August 18, 2017

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in PATTI CAKE$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, PATTI CAKE$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.