News for the ‘Movies’ Category

RYDE – Trailer

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here is the trailer for the upcoming film RYDE. The film is directed by Brian Visciglia, starring David Wachs and Jessica Serfaty.

In select theaters and on demand September 15

A hip, new ride share service app called RYDE is taking over and dominating the taxi industry. It’s less expensive and capturing followers with it’s fun and casual “friend giving you a ride” vibe. It’s the latest and coolest app out there…. But is it safe? Everyone is going to find out when a psychopath hacks the identity of a Ryde driver. Now everyone who uses the app will be at the mercy of this maniac. Getting a ride form Ryde might be just be a few clicks away, but getting out of the car alive may not be so easy…


Thursday, August 17th, 2017

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature NAPPING PRINCESS. The film is written and helmed by Kenji Kamiyama, the director of East of Eden and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. GKIDS will release the film theatrically on September 8th at Village East Cinema in New York City and at Laemmle Monica Film Center in Los Angeles, with a national expansion to follow.

NAPPING PRINCESS, a thrilling sci-fi fantasy set in the near future, follows the journey of a young girl, Kokone, and her friend Morio, as they set out to find Kokone’s missing father who has been accused of a crime. Kokone soon realizes she must tap into a world only accessible through her dreams in order to solve the mystery. The film, formerly known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet, was an official selection at this year’s Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival, as well as the Fantasia Film Festival, where it won the Best Animated Feature award.

GKIDS will release the film theatrically in both its original Japanese language and a new English dubbed version.

“We fell in love with Kenji Kamiyama’s unique vision in Napping Princess,” said David Jesteadt, President of GKIDS. “His blend of near-future science-fiction, family drama, and detective story results in a high-octane, thought-provoking adventure that all ages can enjoy.”

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But after her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is kidnapped for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it’s up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him.

Together they realize that Kokone’s dream-world holds the answers to the mystery behind the stolen
tech, and they embark on a journey that traverses dreams and reality, city and country, and past and present. Their mission uncovers a trail of clues to her father’s disappearance and ultimately a surprising revelation about Kokone’s family.

From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation. With an ambitious mix of multilayered action, whimsical characters and inventive machines, NAPPING PRINCESS is a genre- and universe-blending film that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to face your past.

Production Begins on MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

Thursday, August 17th, 2017


Filming has begun on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the US and Universal Pictures International (UPI) will distribute the film internationally.

The producers of Mary, Queen of Scots are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, all Academy Award nominees as producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Misérables.

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for “House of Cards”, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.

Joining the cast are Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, England is Mine), Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an Ending, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, “Line of Duty”) and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”, Me Before You). Also featuring in the cast are David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Broadchurch”) and Guy Pearce (Memento, LA Confidential, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).

Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. 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 1. 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.

Saoirse Ronan earned her first Academy Award nomination for Focus and Working Title’s Atonement, and was again an Academy Award nominee for Brooklyn; she also starred for Focus as the title character in Hanna, and other past credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, How I Love Now and The Lovely Bones, as well as the upcoming Ladybird, On Chesil Beach and Loving Vincent. She recently made her Broadway debut in The Crucible. Ronan resides in Ireland. Margot Robbie, a BAFTA Award nominee, has starred in such blockbuster hit movies as The Wolf of Wall Street, The Legend of Tarzan, and Suicide Squad, for which she won a Critics’ Choice Award.

The filmmaking team for Mary, Queen of Scots includes Academy Award winners costume designer Alexandra Byrne, make-up and hair designer Jenny Shircore and editor Chris Dickens, Emmy award winner production designer James Merifield and BAFTA award winner director of photography John Mathieson.

Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said, “We are privileged to be collaborating with our partners at Working Title on this stellar production, and with Josie as she makes the exciting move from stage to screen work. With two of today’s most vital actresses bringing to life two female titans, Mary, Queen of Scots will be one of the movie events of 2018.”


Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Orchard announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to Lynn Shelton’s drama OUTSIDE IN, starring Jay Duplass and Edie Falco. The film will premiere next month at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and The Orchard plans a release in early 2018. OUTSIDE IN also stars Kaitlyn Dever and Ben Schwartz.

The screenplay for OUTSIDE IN was written by Lynn Shelton and Jay Duplass. Shelton has directed six previous feature films including HUMPDAY, YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, and LAGGIES. She’s received two Independent Spirit Awards, and has directed a number of television shows including “Mad Men,” “Master of None,” “The Mindy Project,” “Love,” “New Girl,” “Shameless,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “GLOW.”

Jay Duplass is currently starring on the hit Amazon series “Transparent,” producing the acclaimed HBO anthology series “Room 104,” and recently starred in BEATRIZ AT DINNER and LANDLINE. Four-time Emmy® Award winner Edie Falco most recently starred LANDLINE (alongside Jay), MEGAN LEAVEY, and Louis C.K.’s drama series “Horace and Pete.”

OUTSIDE IN follows Carol (Falco), a high school teacher, and Chris (Duplass), her ex-student, as they explore a relationship after his release from a 20-year prison sentence. While Chris navigates his re-entry into the world, Carol works to rebuild her family, and reconnect with her teenage daughter (Dever). Featuring an original score from singer-songwriter Andrew Bird and shot on location in Washington state, OUTSIDE IN was produced by Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt.

OUTSIDE IN marks the most recent release in the ongoing relationship between Duplass Brothers Productions and The Orchard. Since acquiring THE OVERNIGHT at Sundance in 2015, DBP and The Orchard have collaborated on a variety of films including TAKE ME, BLUE JAY, 6 YEARS, MANSON FAMILY VACATION, RAINBOW TIME and CREEP.

The Orchard has worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, cable/satellite VOD, airline, DVD and soundtrack rights to OUTSIDE IN. Following The Orchard’s theatrical and digital release, Netflix will be releasing the film on its worldwide streaming platform.

Lynn Shelton commented, “I couldn’t be happier that OUTSIDE IN will be included in the incredible catalog of films that The Orchard has acquired as a distributor.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Lynn and the Duplass Brothers on OUTSIDE IN,” said Paul Davidson, EVP of Film and TV at The Orchard. “Jay and Edie’s performances pack an emotional punch in yet another stellar film from Lynn.”

The deal was negotiated with The Orchard by ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Whaling” Completes Production in Oklahoma

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Charlie Baby Productions and Narrator Entertainment, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), are proud to announce the successful completion of principal photography on the feature film “Whaling”, which wrapped production last week in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
“Whaling” is a road trip comedy about a dysfunctional, estranged brother and sister who are brought together over their mother’s passing and her request to dispose of her ashes in a very unique way.

The film stars Tammin Sursok (“Pretty Little Liars”) who co-wrote the script with her husband, Sean McEwen, who is directing. Alongside Cassidy Lunnen (“Baby, Baby, Baby”), the trio are producing “Whaling” after recently wrapping production on the new comedy TV series “Aussie Girl” earlier this year. Takashi Cheng is serving as Executive Producer for “Whaling”.
In addition to Sursok, the production has announced additional cast members, including Tom Felton (“Harry Potter” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), David Koechner (“Anchorman”, “Twin Peaks”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”, “Bridesmaids”) and Austin Swift (“Live by Night”, “I.T.”).

“We came to Oklahoma because of the competitive incentives, but received so much more,” said Producers McEwen and Lunnen. “To the locals, the crew and the film commission, everyone was accommodating, eager and willing to support us and this film. We had a wonderful experience, and know we’ll be back soon.”

The film, which utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO, commenced production in late July and filmed at various locations throughout the state, including Oklahoma City, Jenks, Catoosa, Pauls Valley, Guthrie and Wynnewood.
“Oklahoma’s film incentive first attracted the production team to the state,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “Once they scouted here, the state’s diverse landscapes provided a broad canvas for this road trip comedy to achieve multiple looks with Oklahoma doubling for a number of other states and locations. Our office greatly enjoyed working with the ‘Whaling’ production team whose economic impact has been felt in communities throughout Oklahoma.”


Monday, August 14th, 2017

The Film Arcade & Gravitas Ventures announced today they have acquired and will release Miranda Bailey’s documentary THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST. The film documents Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the man behind one of the most highly controversial, intensely debated topics in modern medicine: the anti-vaccination movement. The film will be released theatrically by The Film Arcade on September 29th followed by a VOD release via Gravitas later this year.

director Miranda Bailey brings us a character study of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of 13 co-authors of a notorious 1998 paper in the UK medical Journal The Lancet,
but who became the very public face of what has come to be known as “The Anti-Vaccination Movement.” An expat from Britain who currently resides in Austin, Texas, Wakefield allowed Bailey and her team to follow him and his family for five years beginning in 2011 as he fought a defamation battle in the courts against the British Medical Journal and journalist Brian Deer. The results of that case – and the self-reflection, pronouncements, and observations of Wakefield, his legal team, wife, and his children – create a complex and incisive look at one of our era’s most fear-provoking and continuingly provocative figures. THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST takes no sides, instead letting Wakefield and the battles he fought speak for themselves.

THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST is the sophomore effort of prolific indie producer Miranda Bailey, whose debut GREENLIT premiered to critical acclaim at SXSW in 2010. In a 15-year filmmaking career, Bailey has distinguished herself by producing over 20 films, among them the Oscar-nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and the Spirit Award-winning THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, as well as James Gunn’s SUPER and the Sundance Film festival hit SWISS ARMY MAN.

Bailey also recently completed production on her narrative feature debut YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY, starring Jim Gaffigan.

” I’ve always gravitated towards controversial subject matters in the many films I’ve produced. The minefield of strong opinions and disagreements on who Andrew Wakefield is or what Andrew Wakefield has done intrigued me. What I found was a startling portrayal of a modern day sisyphus; punished by the media and the public yet continuing to push his rock up the hill over and over again,” stated Bailey.

THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST was executive produced by Jennifer Fox (MY REINCARNATION).

The deal was brokered by Josh Spector on behalf of Gravitas Ventures and by attorney Greg S. Bernstein on behalf of The Film Arcade. Peter Trinh at ICM negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers. Miranda Bailey is repped by ICM and Echo Lake.

In Theaters August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11th, 2017


 THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE Release PosterSurly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.





THE GLASS CASTLE  Release PosterChronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, THE GLASS CASTLE is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar® winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.





ANNABELLE: CREATION Release PosterShe’s back! From New Line Cinema’s highly successful horror universe that always keeps audiences on the edge-of-their-seats comes the next chilling installment of the possessed doll, Annabelle, who we first met in “The Conjuring.”

In ANNABELLE: CREATION a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and some girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home several years after the death of their little girl. But, soon after that, the nun and girls become the target of the dollmaker’s creation, Annabelle.





GOOD TIME  Release PosterFollowing the mind-bending HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT, celebrated filmmakers Josh and Ben Safdie return to the mean streets of New York City with GOOD TIME, a hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate.

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

Anchored by a career-defining performance from Robert Pattinson, GOOD TIME is a psychotic symphony of propulsive intensity crafted by two of the most exciting young directors working today. Josh and Ben Safdie’s transcendent vision is an intoxicating portrait of desperation and destruction that will not be soon forgotten.



THE ONLY BOY LIVING IN NEW YORK Release PosterAdrift in New York City, a recent college graduate seeks the guidance of an eccentric neighbor as his life is upended by his father’s mistress.





Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Wonder Woman” reigns supreme in theaters across North America, with today’s tickets bringing the box office to a total of $400 million and counting—the most for any film in this year’s highly competitive summer corridor—and taking it to a worldwide total of more than $794 million to date. The announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Domestically, the impressive figure makes “Wonder Woman” the third-highest grossing Warner Bros. Pictures film ever and only its third to ever surpass $400 million, putting the Amazonian princess in good company alongside “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” All three top properties hail from the studio’s DC division. Week after week, “Wonder Woman” continued to have some of the strongest holds ever seen for the superhero genre, and the film remained in the top 10 at the box office throughout its first nine weeks in release.

Kroll stated, “When ‘Wonder Woman’ opened to such a terrific number in June, we thought, ‘This is truly a moment’—for the film, for our industry, for director Patty Jenkins and, of course, for Gal Gadot. Now, more than two months later, ‘Wonder Woman’ has become a phenomenon, the must-see movie of the summer. Audiences have embraced this character and her story in such a spectacular fashion, and we couldn’t be happier for everyone involved in bringing this incredible property to life and to cinemas across the country.”

Gal Gadot stars in the title role of “Wonder Woman,” an epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”), marking the DC Super Hero’s first-ever standalone feature film.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. But when an American pilot crashes off their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside men in the war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films), Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Connie Nielsen (TV’s “The Following,” “Gladiator”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”), Ewen Bremner (“T2 Trainspotting,” “Snowpiercer”), Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead,” TV’s “Better Things”), Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming “Ashes in the Snow”), Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”) and Eugene Brave Rock (TV’s “Hell on Wheels”).

Patty Jenkins directed the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.

The film was produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Stephen Jones, Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, Wesley Coller and Rebecca Steel Roven serving as executive producers.

Joining Jenkins behind the camera were director of photography Matthew Jensen (“Chronicle,” “Fantastic Four,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie,” “A Very Long Engagement”), Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (“Chicago,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”), Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Topsy-Turvy”) and two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (“Life of Pi,” “The Golden Compass”). The music is by composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “The Legend of Tarzan”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Tencent Pictures and Wanda Pictures, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film is being distributed in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.

Touching and Acclaimed Taiwan Film Exploring Diabetes Set to Make Its Debut in US

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

A heartfelt and deeply touching film that’s proven a success in Taiwan is set to make its debut in the US with the aim of inspiring diabetic patients around the world. Caramel Girl depicts the story of a young girl struggling to live with diabetes, overcoming challenges through her courage and strength. Having already received overwhelming approval and acclaim in Taiwan, the director is predicting a hit when the micro-film is broadcast across the states.

As a condition that affects over 29 million people in the US, including around three million suffering from type 1 diabetes, Caramel Girl will be a story that hits close to home for many. Inspiring both patients and caregivers, as well as viewers that have no connection to the condition, Caramel Girl promises to be an emotional and poignant experience. Detailing the story of a young girl called Fang Si Yun, viewers will be taken on a heart-warming journey as she copes with her lifelong condition.

Simon Lu, the Taiwan Director behind Caramel Girl, said, “We’re thrilled to be able to take this amazing project to an American audience and share the incredible story of Fang Si Yun. We’ve received an astounding response from viewers in Taiwan and we’re looking forward to the feedback from our beloved American viewers too. Diabetes is an incredibly important topic to understand in this day and age and we hope that Caramel Girl goes someway to improving awareness around the struggles associated with the condition.”

Following its success in Taiwan, the micro-film received approval from Comcast Network and is set to be released by early fall this year. Caramel Girl is currently undergoing the translation process, making it accessible to a whole new audience of English speakers that will fall love with the courageous, heart-rendering story. Airing through Time Warner Cable in ten major US cities, including Manhattan NY, Los Angeles CA and Chicago IL, further details of when Caramel Girl will be available to watch will be released in the coming months.


Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Woody Allen officially revealed the cast of his new untitled feature film starring Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”), Elle Fanning (“The Beguiled”), and Selena Gomez (“Spring Breakers”). The film has already secured theatrical distribution through Amazon Studios.

Allen’s latest completed theatrical film is “Wonder Wheel” starring James Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, and Kate Winslet, which will make its world premiere as the closing night film of the New York Film Festival in October. Produced by Letty Aronson, Erika Aronson, and Ed Walson, and financed by Amazon Studios, the drama is set in Coney Island during the 1950s and includes larger-than-life characters, lovers, infidelity, and gangsters. Amazon will release the film in select markets on December 1st with a national theatrical expansion to follow. Following its theatrical run, “Wonder Wheel” will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime members through Prime Video.

Last year marked Allen’s first collaboration with Amazon Studios, which acquired and released “Café Society,” and financed and distributed the filmmaker’s first foray into television, “Crisis in Six Scenes.”