‘Movies’

In Theaters April 19, 2019

Friday, April 19th, 2019

    LITTLE WOODS 

LITTLE WOODS Release PosterLittle Woods, North Dakota, a fracking boomtown well beyond its prime. Ollie is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after getting caught illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (James), who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex. The two find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother’s house or face foreclosure. As bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she’d left behind for just one more score or to leave it all behind.
A taut and affecting thriller about sisters pushed to extremes from award-winning director Nia DaCosta. 

  

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    UNDER THE SILVER LAKE 

UNDER THE SILVER LAKE Release PosterFrom the dazzling imagination that brought you It Follows comes a delirious neo-noir fever dream about one man’s search for the truth behind the mysterious crimes, murders, and disappearances in his East L.A. neighborhood.

Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels.

From writer-director David Robert Mitchell comes a sprawling, playful and unexpected mystery-comedy detective thriller about the Dream Factory and its denizens—dog killers, aspiring actors, glitter-pop groups, nightlife personalities, It girls, memorabilia hoarders, masked seductresses, homeless gurus, reclusive songwriters, sex workers, wealthy socialites, topless neighbors, and the shadowy billionaires floating above (and underneath) it all. Mining a noir tradition extending from Kiss Me Deadly and The Long Goodbye to Chinatown and Mulholland Drive, Mitchell uses the topography of Los Angeles as a backdrop for a deeper exploration into the hidden meaning and secret codes buried within the things we love.

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    THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA  

THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA Release PosterThis timeless Hispanic legend comes to terrifying life in “The Curse of La Llorona.” La Llorona. The Weeping Woman. A horrifying apparition, caught between Heaven and Hell, trapped in a terrible fate sealed by her own hand. The mere mention of her name has struck terror around the world for generations. In life, she drowned her children in a jealous rage, throwing herself in the churning river after them as she wept in pain. Now her tears are eternal. They are lethal, and those who hear her death call in the night are doomed. La Llorona creeps in the shadows and preys on the children, desperate to replace her own. As the centuries have passed, her desire has grown more voracious…and her methods more terrifying. In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night—and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a curandero, and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide. Beware of her chilling wail…she will stop at nothing to lure you into the gloom. Because there is no peace for her anguish. There is no mercy for her soul. And there is no escape from the curse of La Llorona.

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  FAST COLOR  

FAST COLOR Release PosterHunted by mysterious forces, a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local Sheriff (David Strathairn), she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter (Saniyya Sidney) and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along.

  
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SOCCER ICON HOPE SOLO’S LIFE STORY TO BE DEVELOPED INTO FEATURE FILM BY ARGENT PICTURES

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

It was revealed today that the life story of American soccer star and equality activist Hope Solo will be told through a film produced by Argent Pictures, the film production and financing outfit run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo.

Argent has optioned the life story rights of the two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup Champion Hope Solo and has tapped Christine Crokos (PIMP) to write and direct the feature film.

Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo will produce the film. Executive Producers are Argent partners Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Michael Finley, and Derrick Brooks.

Hope Solo’s story showcases the inspiring rise of a true American all-star athlete who started in humble beginnings and became a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a World Cup champion and is regarded as one of the top female soccer goalkeepers in the world.

From the beginning, Hope was a true competitor leading her high school team to win multiple titles and a state championship and then becoming the best women’s goalkeeper in Pac-10 history for the University of Washington. After graduating she continued to play professionally as a goalkeeper in the U.S. and European leagues and for the U.S. at the World Cup in 2007, 2011, and 2015 and Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Although the U.S. lost in the quarterfinals of the 2007 and the finals of the 2011 World Cup she helped the US team rebound from both losses and win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, and in 2015 she helped the U.S. team finally win a Women’s World Cup Championship.

As a vocal advocate for equal pay and women’s rights in soccer, she shouldered the brunt of pushback while playing professionally. It is Solo’s mission now to fight for women’s rights and general equality.

Producer Ben Renzo said, “We are very excited to be working to bring Hope’s life story to the big screen with Christine at the helm. Hope is an amazing athlete, with an intense competitive spirit who has achieved some of the highest accomplishments in women’s soccer as a professional goalkeeper. Her journey to becoming an elite athlete and one of the best soccer players at her position is incredibly motivating, and that’s what makes this story special to us. We want to make movies that entertain and inspire – and Hope’s story encompasses those themes.”

“Hope Solo is a force of nature who broke down walls in women’s sports, both as a player and as a humanitarian,” said writer /director Christine Crokos. “Her story is one of pure trailblazing and fierce athleticism – one that many generations to come will honor and look up to.”

Lisa Nitti negotiated the deal on behalf of Argent Pictures. Negotiations on behalf of Hope Solo were handled by Rich Nichols. The deal was set up by manager Tiffany Shine.

Christine Crokos is represented by Verve, Gail Levin and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

PANDAS – Digital Release Date

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they are coming to your home when “Pandas” arrives on Digital. IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures present the IMAX® documentary “Pandas,” a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family narrated by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” TV’s “The Good Place”).

Own it on Digital on April 9

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CAMERAS ROLL ON WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT’S EPIC ADAPTATION OF “DUNE”

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Filming has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment’s epic “Dune,” being directed by Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”).

The big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller Dune stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”), Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi”), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Deadpool 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (the “Mamma Mia!” films, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, upcoming “Avengers: Endgame”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), David Dastmalchian (the “Ant-Man” movies), Stephen Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”). Chang Chen (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “The Grandmaster”) is in discussions to join the cast.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Villeneuve is directing “Dune” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts based on Herbert’s novel. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo and Villeneuve. The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Jon Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein, John Harrison and Herbert W. Gains, with Kevin J. Anderson serving as creative consultant.

Behind the scenes, Villeneuve is collaborating for the first time with Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Lion,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”); three-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Revenant,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Quills”) and co-costume designer Bob Morgan; and stunt coordinator Tom Struthers (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception”). Oscar-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated composer Hans Zimmer (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Inception,” “Gladiator,” “The Lion King”) is creating the score. Villeneuve is also reteaming with two-time Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette (“Arrival,” “Sicario,” “The Young Victoria”), two-time Oscar-nominated editor Joe Walker (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Arrival,” “12 Years a Slave”), two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert (“First Man,” “Blade Runner 2049”), and Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer (“Blade Runner 2049”).

“Dune” is being filmed on location in Budapest, Hungary, and in Jordan.

The film is slated for a November 20, 2020 worldwide release from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment.

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND BLUE RIBBON CONTENT SHIFT POPULAR FILM FRANCHISE TO THE HOLIDAYS AS A CINDERELLA STORY: CHRISTMAS WISH COMMENCES PRODUCTION IN VANCOUVER

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

For the fifth installment of its popular A Cinderella Story film franchise, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Blue Ribbon Content are breaking out the mistletoe and holly as principal photography commences on A Cinderella Story: Chirstmas Wish, now filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Brimming with overtones of the timeless Cinderella fairy tale, this contemporary musical finds Katherine “Kat” Decker dreaming of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land. When she starts to fall for Nick, the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up. Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending. With the help of an attentive dog, a true friend, and a little bit of magic, Kat may just make it to the gala, discover the true identity of Nick, and learn the real meaning of Christmas.

Laura Marano, star of the Disney Channel hit series Austin & Ally, leads the cast of A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish as the latter-day fairy tale heroine, Kat Decker. Marano will soon be featured in multiple productions, most notably as the female lead in the Netflix original movie, The Perfect Date; the family feature film, A Genie’s Tale; and alongside her sister Vanessa Marano (Switched At Birth) as series regulars in the CBS hybrid comedy, The Us Project. She has previously been seen in feature films, including playing opposite Robert DeNiro and Uma Thurman in The War With Grandpa, as well as roles in Lady Bird and The Jacket; television series (Without a Trace, The Sarah Silverman Program, True Jackson, VP, Dexter, Back to You); and numerous voiceover roles for animation (Ice Age: The Meltdown, Pickle and Peanut, Fish Hooks, Ni Hao, Kai Lan). Marano also thrives as a double threat, continuing a flourishing singing career that boasts multiple popular singles and music videos, including “Boombox,” “Me,” and “Let Me Cry.”

The cast also features Gregg Sulkin (Marvel’s Runaways, Faking It, Wizards of Waverly Place) as Dominic Wintergarden and three-time Leo® Award winner and Hallmark Channel favorite Johannah Newmarch (When Calls the Heart, Garage Sale Mystery franchise, Pretty Little Dead Girl) as the cruel stepmother Deirdra Decker. Kat’s best friend Isla is played by Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time), and stepsisters Joy and Grace are played, respectively, by Lillian Doucet-Roche (The Miracle Season) and Chanelle Peloso (Syfy’s Deadly Class). Barclay Hope (Riverdale) plays Terrence Wintergarden.

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish is written and directed by Michelle Johnston (Nickelodeon’s Blurt), who directed the last installment of A Cinderella Story after choreographing the first four and serving as a producer on the past three. Dylan Sellers (The Giver, St. Vincent, both Agent Cody Banks films), keeper of the A Cinderella Story franchise, returns for his fifth turn as producer. Trygge Toven (Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Trolls) and Toko Nagata (Shaft, The Predator, Pitch Perfect 3) are the music supervisors. The film is produced by Front Street Pictures Inc. in association with Blue Ribbon Content for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The all-new holiday movie follows four previous entries in the film franchise: A Cinderella Story, the 2004 hit starring Hilary Duff in the lead role and a supporting cast that included Chad Michael Murray and Academy® Award winner Regina King; Another Cinderella Story (2008), spotlighting Disney Channel and pop singing sensation Selena Gomez and four-time Emmy® Award winner Jane Lynch; A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song (2011), featuring Pretty Little Liars star and country music singer-songwriter Lucy Hale; and A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits (2016) with the lead role handled by actress/singer Sofia Carson of Disney’s Descendants franchise and Freeform’s upcoming Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.

“For 15 years, the A Cinderella Story franchise has enchanted audiences with its emotional storylines, engaging music, and talented young actresses in the key lead role,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We know that fans of A Cinderella Story will love this heart-warming holiday tale filled with music and magic.”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “CHILDREN OF THE SEA”

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

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 CHILDREN OF THE SEA. GKIDS will release the film theatrically in both Japanese and English language versions. The film is the latest feature from Japan’s STUDIO4°C (known for Tekkonkinkreet, MFKZ, Mind Game, Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight, and others), and is directed by Ayumu Watanabe, with a score by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro). CHILDREN OF THE SEA is adapted from the manga of the same name by author Daisuke Igarashi, which won the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival. The all-rights deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman for GKIDS and Ayumi Inoguchi for STUDIO4°C.

“We have been super-excited about Children of the Sea since the first six-minute clip blew us away over a year ago. I am thrilled to be working once more with the incomparable STUDIO4°C and can’t wait to bring this film to North American audiences. The film is nothing short of spectacular.” said GKIDS founder and CEO Eric Beckman

“We have succeeded in expressing a celebration of life through the highest quality of beautifully detailed Japanese traditional hand-drawn animation. This coupled with a beautifully detailed musical score from Joe Hisaishi, one of the most appreciated musicians worldwide, we hope will bring audiences even closer to the film. After more than 5 years since the start of pre-production, it is my pleasure that this very special film will finally be released. With the help of our trusted North American partners at GKIDS, I sincerely hope that the film will greatly resonate with North American audiences.” said the producer and CEO of STUDIO4°C, Eiko Tanaka.

On February 27th, TOHO released the Japanese teaser trailer and key visual, and announced a June 7th Japanese theatrical premiere date. A North American theatrical release will take place in 2019.

SYNOPSIS

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S BLOCKBUSTER “DARK KNIGHT” TRILOGY RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN FOR SPECIAL FIVE-CITY IMAX 70MM FILM ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Warner Bros. Pictures is returning all three films in Christopher Nolan’s $2.5 billion “Dark Knight” Trilogy to the biggest of the big screens—IMAX® film—in honor of the first-ever appearance of Batman in the comics. The announcement was made today by Jeff Goldstein, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

First, on Saturday, March 30, the films—2005’s “Batman Begins,” 2008’s “The Dark Knight” and 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises”—will screen back-to-back at the Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood, California. During an interlude between the second and third films, Nolan will join the audience for a moderated Q&A discussion on the movies.

Then on April 13, the Trilogy will screen at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City and AMC Metreon in San Francisco, followed by Cinesphere Ontario Place, Toronto, and IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, on April 20, each accompanied by the footage of Nolan’s Los Angeles appearance.

In all five cities, all three movies will be seen in the director’s preferred format, IMAX® 70mm, providing an all-encompassing moviegoing experience. In fact, it was Nolan who, with “The Dark Knight,” was the first filmmaker to shoot the action sequences of a major feature film with IMAX® cameras, revolutionizing the integration of IMAX and standard formats. He again utilized IMAX cameras even more extensively in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Goldstein stated, “Christopher Nolan broke new ground with the ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy, and this is a rare chance for today’s audiences to experience these extraordinary films as they were meant to be seen. To have the added privilege of hearing Chris’s insights firsthand makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Tickets for all events will go on sale beginning Wednesday, March 13, at 9 a.m. PDT, and moviegoers who acquire tickets for all three films will receive a lanyard and special “Dark Knight” Trilogy collectible.

MELBAR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP BEGINS PRODUCTION ON BARRY AVRICH’S FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ON THE NEW YORK ART FORGERY SCANDAL OF KNOEDLER GALLERY

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Melbar Entertainment Group announces production has begun on the feature documentary about the infamous Knoedler Gallery art scandal that involved one of the largest art forgeries in history. Over 60 forged abstract expressionists works of art sold to high society collectors and prestigious art institutions for over $80 million in total. The film will be completed in late 2019.

The fully financed documentary-feature will be directed by prolific veteran filmmaker Barry Avrich (THE LAST MOGUL, THE RECKONING, BLURRED LINES and PROSECUTING EVIL).

Avrich’s previous works have garnered critical acclaim; with The New York Times’ A.O. Scott calling THE LAST MOGUL “an absorbing new documentary…illuminating viewing for anyone curious about how the movies get made
”, while The Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan recently hailed PROSECUTING EVIL as ”exceptionally engaging,” and “salutes a human rights giant.”

This new film explores the secretive world of the American art world. For the first time, Avrich’s thriller-like film will connects the dots, revealing how a deeply troubled art scandal shook the privileged world of art collecting.

M Knoedler & Co was an art dealership in New York City founded in 1846. When it closed in 2011, amid lawsuits for fraud, it was one of the oldest commercial art galleries in the US, having been in operation for 165 years. The gallery’s president Ann Freedman resigned in October 2009, amid rumours of problems with forged paintings supplied to the gallery by Long Island art dealer Glafira Rosales. It was later discovered that between 1994 and 2011, the gallery had sold forged works of Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, among others. Freedman had purchased the paintings for Knoedler from Rosales, who had in turn obtained the forgeries from the art forger Pei-Shen Quian. Quian had reportedly painted the forgeries in a garage in Queens, New York. He is reported to have received a few thousand dollars for each painting from Rosales, while Rosales sold the paintings for millions of dollars
each to Knoedler.

While Rosales initially denied claims of fraud, in 2013, she pleaded guilty to selling over 60 fake works of art to two New York art galleries, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and tax evasion. Spanish art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz (Ms. Rosales’ boyfriend) and his brother Jesus Angel Bergantiños Diaz were also indicted in US District Court for the fraud. While the Diaz brothers were arrested in Spain, the art forger who painted the fakes, Pei-Shen Qian, was indicted but avoided prosecution by fleeing to China.

“The reception from those that observed, participated and were victimised has been overwhelming, affirming the continuing obsession with the art world. As a filmmaker I have always had a great interest in the art world,
” stated Filmmaker Barry Avrich.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Barry Avrich is responsible for over 40 documentaries, best known for provocative exposes of Hollywood brokers such as Lew Wasserman (THE LAST MOGUL), Harvey Weinstein (THE RECKONING), publishing kingpin Bob Guccione (FILTHY GORGEOUS), Vanity Fair provocateur Dominick Dunne (GUILTY PLEASURE) and reclusive Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl (SATISFACTION). In 2016, Avrich released his best-selling memoir, “Moguls, Monsters and Men”.

“A STAR IS BORN” INVITES MOVIEGOERS TO A SPECIAL ENCORE ENGAGEMENT OF THE FILM, FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN MOMENTS

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

This Friday, March 1, for one week only, Warner Bros. Pictures will release an “Encore” version of Bradley Cooper’s global hit “A Star Is Born” in theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada. This special edition of the film contains extended performances of such songs as opener “Black Eyes”; “Alibi”; and Lady Gaga’s Ally in her impromptu a cappella performance of “Shallow,” which received the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 91st Annual Academy Awards, following Cooper and Gaga’s moving performance during the ceremony. Moviegoers will also be treated to never-before-seen footage of Ally singing to Jack “Is That Alright?” in the wedding sequence; Jack in his studio singing “Too Far Gone”; Jack and Ally writing a new song together, entitled “Clover”; and much more, totaling nearly 12 additional minutes.

HIGH LIFE – Trailer

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “HIGH LIFE.” The film is directed by Claire Denis, starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin

Release: 04/05/2019