THE VISIT – Trailer

April 26th, 2015

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film THE VISIT. The film is directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge.

Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

WHERE HOPE GROWS – Trailer

April 25th, 2015

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film WHERE HOPE GROWS. The film is directed by Chris Dowling, starring Danica McKellar and Kerr Smith.

WHERE HOPE GROWS will open in theaters May 15, 2015

Calvin Campbell is a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him. Today, he mindlessly sleepwalks through his days and the challenge of raising his teenager daughter. His life is in a slow downward spiral when it is suddenly awakened and invigorated by the most unlikely person – Produce, a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store.

Calvin slowly loses the chip on his shoulder as he begins to experience the world through Produce’s eyes. Faith, work, purpose and most importantly family, blossom into Calvin’s life as their friendship develops. The unlikely pair becomes intertwined giving Calvin’s life new meaning and purpose, but unfortunately leads to tragedy due to single decision echoed from Calvin’s past.

Where Hope Grows is a story of finding redemption through faith, hope and love.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES, NEW REGENCY AND PLAN B ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE BALE, CARELL, GOSLING AND PITT COMING ABOARD “THE BIG SHORT” FROM DIRECTOR ADAM MCKAY

April 25th, 2015

Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for “THE BIG SHORT,” with Christian Bale (“AMERICAN HUSTLE,” “THE DARK KNIGHT” trilogy), Steve Carell (“FOXCATCHER”), Ryan Gosling (“DRIVE,” “CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE”) and Brad Pitt (“FURY,” “WORLD WAR Z”) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the “ANCHORMAN” films, “THE OTHER GUYS”). The film also stars Melissa Leo (“THE FIGHTER,” “FROZEN RIVER”) and Marisa Tomei (“CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE,” “THE WRESTLER”).

The film’s screenplay is written by McKay, from a script by Charles Randolph (“LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS”), based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

“THE BIG SHORT” is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.

Rounding out the cast is Tracy Letts (“Homeland,” “ELVIS & NIXON”), Hamish Linklater (“The Newsroom,” “42”), John Magaro (“UNBROKEN,” “NOT FADE AWAY”), Byron Mann (“THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS,” “RISE OF THE LEGEND”), Rafe Spall (“LIFE OF PI,” “PROMETHEUS”), Jeremy Strong (“SELMA,” “ZERO DARK THIRTY”) and Finn Wittrock (“UNBROKEN,” “American Horror Story”).

The movie will be produced by Academy Award®-winners Pitt, Dede Gardner (“SELMA,” “12 YEARS A SLAVE”) and Jeremy Kleiner (“SELMA,” “12 YEARS A SLAVE”) via their Plan B Entertainment banner.

Production has begun in New Orleans.

Taormina Film Festival Celebrates 61 Years This June

April 25th, 2015

This June, the small Sicilian town of Taormina will transform into a glamorous, old Hollywood style celebration for the 61st Taormina Film Festival. One of the most distinguished and historic film festivals in the world, this chic, VIP affair draws dozens of film directors, actors and actresses from around the world with film premieres, retrospectives, star salutes and extravagant parties all set against the picturesque town of Taormina and breathtaking setting of the Teotro Antico, an ancient 5,000-seat Greek theater perched on a Mediterranean seaside hilltop.

The festival will include its famous Tao Classes, where renowned names in film host cinematic discussions and tutorials, along with numerous award ceremonies honoring the world’s most prestigious filmmakers and stars. Past honorees include Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Meg Ryan, Antonio Banderas, Woody Allen and more. The 2015 Taormina Film Festival honorees will be announced at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015.

Festival Dates: June 13-20, 2015

Location: Taormina, Italy

The 2015 Taormina Film Festival will take place in Taormina, Italy. Please visit www.taorminafilmfest.net/home.aspx for more information.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN JOINS THE FILM FOUNDATION’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

April 25th, 2015

The Film Foundation, Martin Scorsese’s non-profit film preservation organization, established 25 years ago, has added director Christopher Nolan to its board of directors. “Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” said Martin Scorsese, founder and chair of The Film Foundation. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be available for production and preservation. I know that his commitment to film and its preservation will be enormously helpful to the work of the foundation.”

“I’m honored to become a part of the pioneering and essential work of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is more important today than ever before. I hope I can help with this vital effort,” Nolan said.

Christopher Nolan joins fellow TFF board members Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. The Film Foundation is aligned with the Directors Guild of America (DGA), whose Director and Secretary-Treasurer also serve on the board.

“Christopher’s knowledge and advocacy for film preservation on behalf of filmmakers round out an impassioned board that has achieved such significant milestones throughout the years, and will assure that this critical work is carried into the future,” said DGA President Paris Barclay.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Digital HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD Release Date

April 25th, 2015

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you to join KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE when it hits Digital HD™ May 15 and Blu-ray™ and DVD June 9. Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class brings his own unique style to the genre while brilliant performances from Colin Firth, Samuel Jackson, Michael Caine and newcomer Taron Egerton have made spies more bad ass and awesome than ever.

Kingsman The Secret Service Blu-ray

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE BLU-RAY™ SPECIAL FEATURES
● Kingsman: The Secret Service Revealed
○ Panel to Screen: The Education Of A 21st Century Super-Spy
○ Heroes And Rogues
○ Style All His Own
○ Tools Of The Trade
○ Breathtakingly Brutal
○ Culture Clash: The Comic Book Origins Of The Secret Service
● Galleries: Behind-The-Scenes, Sets and Props

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CHAPPiE – Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Release Date

April 22nd, 2015

Academy Award® nominated writer/director Neill Blomkamp (Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, District 9, 2009) reunites with Sharlto Copley (District 9) for the sci-fi action thriller CHAPPiE, debuting on Digital HD May 26, and coming to Blu-ray™ and DVD June 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he develops the ability to think and feel for himself. When authorities begin to see him as a danger, they will stop at nothing to ensure he is the last of his kind. CHAPPiE also stars Dev Patel, NINJA and ¥O-LANDI VI$$ER, and Academy Award nominees Sigourney Weaver (Best Actress, Aliens, 1986) and Hugh Jackman (Best Actor, Les Misérables, 2012).

Chapie Blu-ray

Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features Include:

§ Alternate Ending

§ Extended Scene: “A Very Bad Man”

§ Eight Featurettes:

· “Chappie: The Streetwise Professor” – An inside look at Chappie and casting Copley to play the robot and his performance via motion capture.

· “Arms Race: The Weapons and Robots” – Get a deeper look at the real-world firepower tech and the design of the “Scout” robots & “Moose.”

· “Bringing Chappie to Life: The Visual Effects” – The film’s VFX artists discuss the pre-production design process.

· “From Tetra Vaal to Chappie” – An in-depth exploration of the scriptwriting process, the early concept design work and other aspects of pre-production.

· “Keep It Gangster” – A behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating an authentic South African gangster world featuring interviews with NINJA and ¥O-LANDI VI$$ER.

· “The Reality of Robotics” – Discover present day robotics capabilities and next generation artificial intelligence, featuring an interview with Robotics Professor Wolfgang Fink.

· “Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting” – Discover the history of the real world locations in the film and the role these setting played in the fictionalized version of Johannesburg.

· “Rogue Robot: Deconstructing the Stunts & Special Effects” – A look at the film’s high-action stunt sequences.

§ “The Art of Chappie” Photo Gallery

Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Include:

§ “We Are Tetravaal” featurette – Weaver, Jackman & Patel discuss their characters & on-set experiences.

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES CONFIRMS THE LEGO® PIECES OF ITS ANIMATION SLATE INTO 2018

April 22nd, 2015

Building a strong slate of animated tentpoles that extends well into 2018, Warner Bros. Pictures today confirmed the release dates of three much-anticipated LEGO® features. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The next LEGO film to open will be the as-yet-untitled LEGO Batman™ feature, which is coming to theatres earlier than planned, with the global launch starting domestically on February 10, 2017. Seven months later comes “Ninjago,” which had been slated for release in fall 2016; however the film is still under construction so it is being moved to September 22, 2017 domestically, with international dates to follow. “The LEGO Movie Sequel,” the follow-up to the smash hit “The LEGO Movie,” is opening one week earlier than originally slated, now being released domestically on May 18, 2018, beginning its worldwide release.

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “We are very excited about dating our upcoming LEGO animated features, which already have a worldwide fan following, built on the foundation of the first film. These three films already in the pipeline are just the beginning of a creative and diverse animation slate that will be delighting audiences for years to come.”

Kwan Vandenberg added, “We are looking forward to expanding the LEGO film franchise globally with these three incredibly imaginative movies, each offering something different to appeal to a broad range of audiences around the world.”

Jill Wilfert, Vice President of Licensing and Entertainment from The LEGO Group, noted, “We are so pleased to continue our creative partnership with Warner Bros. on these upcoming projects. It’s truly amazing to see how the big screen lends another dimension to the rich LEGO world, and offers new ways for fans to be engaged and entertained by these characters.”

THE FILM ARCADE ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO JOSH MOND’S EMOTIONALLY CHARGED DIRECTORIAL DEBUT “JAMES WHITE”

April 22nd, 2015

The Film Arcade announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. distribution rights to JAMES WHITE, the first feature film from Borderline Films writer/director Josh Mond. A coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family changes, JAMES WHITE stars Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the entire festival and was the recipient of the “Best of Next” Audience Award.

JAMES WHITE is a high profile acquisition for The Film Arcade and the distributor is planning a traditional theatrical release for the film this fall followed by an awards campaign highlighting the career-best performances by Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon.

A confident and closely observed directorial debut by MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE producer Josh Mond, JAMES WHITE explores loss and the deep relationship between a mother and son. James White (Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, but his mother’s battle with a serious illness forces James to take control of his life. As the pressure mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. Shot on location in New York City with an intimate visual style, the film follows its lead into deep, affecting places while still maintaining its fragile humanity.

The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney praised JAMES WHITE as a “viscerally acted drama whose rich visual and sonic textures intensify the plunge into the title character’s messy life…an arresting feature debut.” Variety’s Scott Foundas called the film “a most assured piece of work by an artist.” Foundas’ Variety colleague Brent Lang praised the film as “the anti-Terms of Endearment” for its gritty and authentic take on familial anguish.

The film marks the first lead film role for stage and screen actor Christopher Abbott, whose previous film and TV credits include HELLO, I MUST BE GOING, THE SLEEPWALKER and “Girls.” Best known for her role in “Sex and the City,” JAMES WHITE provides Cynthia Nixon with one of the most significant film roles of her career. Both actors topped Indiewire’s Sundance Criticwire poll for Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

JAMES WHITE is the latest feature film from Borderline Films, a New York City based production company which was formed in 2003 by Tisch film school alums Mond, Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin. Their notable film credits to date include AFTERSCHOOL, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and SIMON KILLER.

JAMES WHITE was produced by Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Melody C. Roscher. Starring alongside Abbott, Nixon and Mescudi are Makenzie Leigh, Ron Livingston and David Call.

Josh Mond said “On behalf of the incredible cast and crew of JAMES WHITE, I’m heartened by the response and proud to team up with The Film Arcade on the theatrical release. The response at Sundance has been humbling and we look forward to continuing the journey with our distributor.”

“Josh Mond has crafted a personal and powerful drama in his tour-de-force directorial debut,” said The Film Arcade’s Andy Bohn. “The brilliant performances by Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon will be among the year’s best and help make Josh’s film an extraordinary achievement that needs to be seen.”

The Film Arcade negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group.

WARNER BROS. PICTURES TO DELIVER “STORKS” ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

April 22nd, 2015

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that audiences can expect the studio’s new animated feature “Storks” to arrive in theatres on September 23, 2016. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Nicholas Stoller (“Neighbors”) and Doug Sweetland (Oscar-nominated short “Presto”) are co-directing the feature from an original script by Stoller. Stoller is also producing the film, together with Brad Lewis. Glenn Ficarra, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, John Requa and Jared Stern are serving as executive producers.

Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer are set to star in “Storks,” with more voice cast to be announced.

With a totally original story developed under the umbrella of the Warner Animation Group, the film will deliver a fresh and funny look at the fable behind storks.

In announcing the date, Fellman stated, “We are thrilled to be broadening our animation slate with the new adventure ‘Storks.’”

Kwan Vandenberg, added, “‘Storks’ is an innovative idea that is sure to delight kids and families all over the world.”

Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. Pictures’ President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, noted, “This is an exciting project that demonstrates the boundless creativity and imagination of the Warner Animation Group and our dear friend and frequent collaborator, Nick Stoller.”