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SKATE KITCHEN – Trailer

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “SKATE KITCHEN.” The film is directed by Crystal Moselle, starring Rachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Kabrina Adams, Ajani Russell, Jules Lorenzo, Brenn Lorenzo, Hisham Tawfiq, Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Magnolia Pictures will release SKATE KITCHEN in select theaters August 10, 2018

In the first narrative feature from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen. She falls in with the in-crowd, has a falling-out with her mother, and falls for a mysterious skateboarder guy (Jaden Smith), but a relationship with him proves to be trickier to navigate than a kickflip.

WOLFE RELEASING ACQUIRES YEN TAN’S EMOTIONAL FAMILY DRAMA “1985”

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Wolfe Releasing has announced today that it has acquired writer director Yen Tan’s 1985, starring Cory Michael Smith (FOX’s “Gotham”), Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) and Jamie Chung (FOX’s “The Gifted” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”), for a theatrical release this October. The Texas-set family drama had its World Premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, where it was praised as “a miracle of a film” (Film School Rejects), “a poignant, even provocative meditation on a part of LGBTQ history” (The Daily Beast), “a deeply emotional tearjerker and family story… that earns its tears honestly and scrupulously” (The Wrap) and “a model of eloquent restraint” (The Hollywood Reporter).

1985 marks a continuing relationship between Tan and Wolfe, following their release of his acclaimed romantic drama Pit Stop. The film was produced by HutcH and Ash Christian, with HutcH also serving as Director of Photography (shooting the film in gorgeous black-and-white on 16mm film), co-editor, and conceiving the story with Tan.

1985 was inspired by Tan’s award-winning short film of the same name, and follows Adrian (Smith), a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother (Aidan Langford) and estranged childhood friend (Chung), as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents (Madsen and Chiklis).

The deal was negotiated by Jim Stephens, President of Wolfe Releasing, and Paradigm’s Derek Kigongo on behalf of the filmmakers.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be partnering with Wolfe on 1985. It is a crucial part of our history that deserves to be revisited and discussed with new perspectives. The crux of the story is a message that inspires love, hope, and empathy in times of crisis. We can’t wait to bring this timely film to a wide audience,” Tan said.

“It has been four years since we worked with Yen on his award-winning film Pit Stop, and we are honored to collaborate with Yen and HutcH on their beautiful new film 1985. The film has blown audiences away with powerful performances from an incredible cast, the wonderful direction and writing from Yen, and HutcH’s masterful camera work,” said Wolfe’s Jim Stephens. “Wolfe will continue to screen the film at top festivals through the summer including Frameline and Outfest as we gear up for a theatrical release in October and getting the film out to award voters.”

Jane Fonda to Receive Traverse City Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Michael Moore, Oscar®-winning filmmaker and Traverse City Film Festival founder and president, announced today that Jane Fonda will be honored with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Fonda during the festival’s 14th annual edition, running July 31 to August 5 along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City, Michigan.

A two-time Oscar® winning actress (and seven-time Oscar® nominee), four-time Golden Globe® winner, two-time BAFTA winner, and Emmy® Award winner, Fonda is an American icon whose work both on screen and off has inspired audiences and women for decades.

“I can think of no other artist who has given more to her country,” said Moore. “What an honor for our festival audience to welcome and to be inspired by the work of this American Icon. Her voice is as needed today as much as ever.”

Moore will personally host the legendary actress, author, and activist at the Traverse City Film Festival, one of the most popular cultural events in the Midwest. The 2018 program is expected to result in more than 100,000 admissions to its roster of nearly 100 movies.

Fonda’s body of work includes “Coming Home” (for which she won the Academy Award® for Best Actress in 1978), “Klute” (for which she won the Academy Award® for Best Actress in 1971), ”They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, “Julia,” “The China Syndrome,” “On Golden Pond,” and “The Morning After” (films for which she received five additional Academy Award® nominations), and more than 40 other films. Since 2015, she has starred in the irresistible Netflix sitcom “Grace and Frankie,” and just this past spring in the hit film “Book Club.”

Fonda is also the subject of the revealing new HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” directed by Susan Lacy, which will screen at the festival, with Fonda and Lacy in attendance.

The festival will also present a 40th anniversary screening of “Coming Home,” a screening of “Julia”, and a free nighttime screening of “Nine to Five” projected on a 65-foot screen at the festival’s open space on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Fonda’s lifetime commitment to social change has also inspired a generation of artists and activists. She chairs the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, sits on the boards of Women’s Day Media Center, which she helped found, and V-Day: Until the Violence Stops. She established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health at the Emory School of Medicine and has long been a leading advocate for environmental issues, human rights, and the empowerment of women and girls.

OLIVER SACKS’ ANIMATED MIND INSPIRES FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Director Dempsey Rice (HBO’s multi-award-winning Daughter of Suicide) today launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for her feature documentary THE ANIMATED MIND OF OLIVER SACKS. Rice spent more than a decade interviewing the renowned author and neurologist Oliver Sacks, MD; the only filmmaker ever allowed such extended on-camera access.

Funds raised through the campaign will assist in the production of the film, which uses animation, interviews, archival material, and live-action to uniquely immerse viewers into Dr. Sacks’ powerful stories, personal anecdotes, and miraculous patient case studies.

THE ANIMATED MIND OF OLIVER SACKS illuminates the life of a man who was unique and idiosyncratic: a weightlifter, a biker, and a doctor who was wildly successful with patient care who chose to practice medicine in challenging, long-term care hospitals in the Bronx. He was a best-selling author (Awakenings, Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) who was shy and socially awkward. A gay man who didn’t find romantic love until he was in his 70’s and didn’t come out publicly until the last year of his life. He influenced artists from Bjork to Harold Pinter and thinkers from Atul Gawande to W.H. Auden. He was friends with astronauts and long-distance swimmers. He saw the world in words, not in images, and, unsurprisingly, left behind hundreds of boxes of published and unpublished work, journals, and correspondence.

“Throughout our time together, I was consistently awed by Oliver and his deep compassion for all living things. His unfailing curiosity drove him to explore the magic of how our brains work and delve into the extreme joys and sorrows that come with human existence,” said Rice. “My hope is that this film inspires new insight and deep compassion for the human experience, in addition to celebrating Oliver’s irrepressible enthusiasm for, and curiosity about, the human mind.”

Rewards for backers of the Kickstarter campaign include swim caps (Sacks was an avid swimmer), notebooks, mugs, tote bags, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat hat, as well as Dr. Sacks’ favorite t-shirt, emblazoned with the words “Welcome Squid Overlords.” Also available are rare limited editions and signed copies of Dr. Sacks’ books and a Periodic Table quilt.

The film is slated for completion in late 2019 with most rewards delivered to backers by the end of 2018.

THE ANIMATED MIND OF OLIVER SACKS is directed by Dempsey Rice and is produced by Rice and Lori Cheatle of Hard Working Movies (MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A., 51 Birch Street). Kate Edgar, the Executive Director of the Oliver Sacks Foundation is an Executive Producer of the documentary and Joanne Nerenberg is Co-Producer. The award-winning team also includes MetFilm in London (How to Save The World, Sour Grapes) and Thought Café in Toronto, led by Jonathan Corbiere, Director of Animation.

MATTHEW RAUCH AND ZINA WILDE TO STAR IN CHASE THE ACE

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Matthew Rauch (CBS’s Blue Bloods) and Zina Wilde (HBO’s Billions, ABC’s Madoff) have joined the cast of Laurence Shanet’s feature CHASE THE ACE, it was today announced by the film’s producers Nicholas Avenue and Ratul Sharma of Fight or Flight Pictures. The action film is currently in production, shooting in New York, and will be completed this summer. Avenue and Sharma wrote the film and star in it as well. Rounding out the cast is Erin Kommor (NBC’s Rise).

CHASE THE ACE follows the story of three brothers caught up in a drug and kidnapping scheme with the Russian mob. They soon uncover a dark secret that exposes the truth about their family’s past.

Matthew Rauch co-starred in Cinemax’s Banshee and is currently in CBS’s Blue Bloods. Other credits include NBC’s Believe, HBO’s Treme, and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Rauch is represented by Leading Artist.

Zina Wilde was featured in ABC’s mini-series Madoff and is currently in HBO’s Billions. Wilde is represented by Abrams.

“It was important for us to put together a diverse cast that is reflective of the world we live in, particularly with a strong female protagonist,” said producers Avenue and Sharma. “As part of the mission of our company, we want to provide opportunities for the underrepresented in society.”

CHASE THE ACE is directed by Laurence Shanet in his feature film debut. Shanet recently won the Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, where he was listed among the industry’s Top 10 Directors to Watch.

The film is written and produced by Nicholas Avenue and Ratul Sharma through their Fight or Flight Pictures production company.

CHASE THE ACE is the first feature film production between Avenue and Sharma. Their previous short film productions include FISTS OF ENDEARMENT and SPENCER AND WEST. FISTS OF ENDEARMENT, a light hearted Romantic Action Comedy about two thieves trying to fight their way out of a cabin packed with goons after retrieving a rare family heirloom, will premiere at the Action On Film Festival in Las Vegas this August.

CAMERAS ROLL ON WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ “WONDER WOMAN 1984”

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah. Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the Super Hero’s first outing, last summer’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office. “Wonder Woman 1984” will also be helmed by acclaimed director Patty Jenkins, and star Gal Gadot in the title role.

As previously announced, the film also stars Kristen Wiig in the role of the Super-Villain The Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal. And Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor.

Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Stephen Jones and Gal Gadot are producing the film. Rebecca Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada are the executive producers.

Joining her behind the scenes are several members of Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” team, including director of photography Matthew Jensen, Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). Oscar-nominated editor Richard Pearson (“United 93”) will cut the film.

Production will take place in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, and in the UK, Spain and the Canary Islands.

Set to open in theaters November 1, 2019, “Wonder Woman 1984” is based on the character created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

RICHARD LINKLATER’S MARIA SEMPLE ADAPTION CASTS NEWCOMER EMMA NELSON

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Emma Nelson will make her motion picture debut in Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semples’ Where’d You Go Bernadette. After much anticipation on who would be cast as Bee, the daughter of the eponymous Bernadette, the filmmakers could not be more pleased to introduce Emma and announce her role.

Based on the novel by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go Bernadette, follows Bernadette Fox (played by Cate Blanchett), an architect-turned-recluse who goes missing just prior to a family vacation. In addition to Blanchett, Nelson plays alongside Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario and Judy Greer. Annapurna Pictures will release the film on March 22, 2019.

Emma Nelson is a multi-talented performer who prior to her casting, honed her skills in local projects. A native of the Chicago area, Emma was selected for a lead role in the pre-Broadway production of Trevor! The Musical, which was produced and directed by the renowned Marc Bruni (Beautiful-The Carol King Musical). When not performing, Emma is an active eighth grader with interests in writing, politics and singing.

The filmmakers auditioned over 500 young women for the role and began their search in Austin, Texas with Casting Director, Vicky Boone. Nelson auditioned twice before being asked to read with Blanchett and Crudup and immediately won everyone over.

“There are so many talented actors in her age range, and we saw hundreds of them for the role of Bee, but several things ultimately swayed me toward Emma. In addition to her intelligence and utter natural quality, I was most impressed with her composure, confidence and unflappability. Even though this was her first movie role, she was unintimidated,” said Linklater.

Emma has yet to announce her role in the film to anyone outside of her family and those who worked on the production. Her friends and classmates have up until this point believed she was on a leave of absence from school while the film was in production.

She is represented by Tim Weissman at Buchwald, Margot Menzel at Primary Wave Entertainment, Joe Borrasso & Lisa Morgan at Management by Morgan and Brooke Tonneman at Big Mouth Talent.

Annapurna is producing alongside Ginger Sledge and Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

ELLEN DEGENERES’ A VERY GOOD PRODUCTION, WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND RED 56 COMMENCE PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE

Thursday, June 7th, 2018



Sophia Lillis (redhead, center) in discussion with director Katt Shea (left) and actress Zoe Renee (right, playing “George”)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, A Very Good Production and Red 56 have begun principal photography on Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, an all-new feature film that returns the American icon to filmed entertainment for the first time in more than a decade. The production is based in Georgia filming at specific locations in and around the city of Monroe.

The film focuses on Nancy Drew (Sophia Lillis, breakout star of It), a smart high schooler with a penchant for keen observation and deduction, who stumbles upon the haunting of a local home. A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends and establish their place in the community.

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a co-production between Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Red 56.

Award-winning director Katt Shea (Poison Ivy) helms the film from a script by the screenwriting team of Nina Fiore & John Herrera (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Vampire Diaries). Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), Jeff Kleeman (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and Chip Diggins (A Walk In The Woods) are producers. Wendy S. Williams (The Fate Of The Furious) is executive producer.

Zoe Renee (The Quad) and Mackenzie Graham (SYFY’s upcoming The Purge) are featured as Nancy Drew’s core BFFs, George and Bess, respectively. Laura Slade Wiggins (Shameless) portrays Helen, a high school mean girl who reluctantly joins forces with Nancy to help solve the mystery. The film spotlights True Blood star Sam Trammell as Nancy’s father, Carson; Linda Lavin (Alice) as Flora, the owner of the haunted house; and Andrea Anders (Joey, The Stepford Wives, Better Off Ted) as Nancy’s Aunt Hannah.

The cast also includes Jay DeVon Johnson (Vice Principals), Andrew Matthew Welch (Taylor Tate’s upcoming Ma), Jon Briddell (The Resident), Josh Daugherty (We Were Soldiers), Evan Castelloe (Queen Sugar) and Jesse C. Boyd (Hap and Leonard).

As the inspiration for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, Nancy Drew has intrigued and entertained audiences for nearly 90 years in books, comics, films and video games. An icon in American mystery novels, the character initially appeared in 1930, evolving through each incarnation to reflect the look, sensibilities and technologies of the times. Nancy Drew books have sold more than 100 million copies, and have been translated to accommodate young readers across the planet. A number of feature films and television series have featured the character, starting with Nancy Drew … Detective in 1938. The character last appeared on film in the 2007 release, Nancy Drew, which starred Emma Roberts.

No release date has been set for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.

CLINT EASTWOOD’S “THE MULE” BEGINS PRODUCTION THE DIRECTOR ALSO STARS, ALONGSIDE BRADLEY COOPER, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, MICHAEL PEÑA, DIANNE WIEST, ALISON EASTWOOD, TAISSA FARMIGA AND IGNACIO SERRICCHIO

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Cameras rolled today on esteemed filmmaker Clint Eastwood’s next feature film, a drama entitled “The Mule,” from Warner Bros. Pictures and Imperative Entertainment. In addition to directing, the veteran actor will step in front of the lens again, alongside fellow stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña and Dianne Wiest, as well as Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga and Ignacio Serricchio.

Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.

“The Mule” marks Oscar-winner Eastwood’s first time on both sides of the camera since he starred in 2009’s critically acclaimed “Gran Torino.”

Cooper, who stars as Bates, received his most recent Oscar nominations for his work with Eastwood, acting in and producing “American Sniper.” Oscar nominee Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It,” TV’s “Black-ish”) plays a DEA special agent in charge; Peña (upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Netflix’s “Narcos”) plays a fellow agent; Oscar winner Wiest (“Bullets Over Broadway,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” TV’s “Life in Pieces”) plays Earl’s ex-wife; Alison Eastwood (“Rails & Ties”) plays Earl’s daughter; Farmiga (upcoming “The Nun”) plays the role of Earl’s granddaughter; and Serricchio (Netflix’s “Lost in Space,” “The Wedding Ringer”) plays Earl’s cartel handler.

Clint Eastwood (“Sully,” “American Sniper”) directs from a screenplay by Nick Schenk (“Gran Torino”). Eastwood also produces the film under his Malpaso banner, along with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier, and Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. The film’s executive producers are Dave Bernad, Ruben Fleischer and Todd Hoffman. Imperative’s Jillian Apfelbaum will co-produce.

The film will be shooting primarily in Georgia and New Mexico. “The Mule” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in Association with Imperative Entertainment. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

On DVD and Blu-ray June 5, 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

EVERY DAY


EVERY DAY Blu-ray

Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, “Every Day” tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.

Release Date: June 5, 2018

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A WRINKLE IN TIME


A WRINKLE IN TIME Blu-ray

More than 50 years after Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel “A Wrinkle in Time” was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal, the big-screen retelling of this timeless classic takes audiences on a transformative journey, exquisitely illustrated through jaw-dropping visual effects, a stirring musical score and diverse, star-studded cast. Three celestial guides, Mrs. Which (two-time Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling), come to Earth to share their wisdom and love with struggling eighth-grader Meg Murry (Storm Reid) as she journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) in search of her father (Chris Pine), a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years ago.

Release Date: June 5, 2018

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SOUTH PARK SEASON 21


SOUTH PARK SEASON 21 Blu-ray

Come on down to South Park with all-new, uncensored episodes from the show’s incredible 21st season! Join Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle as they take on the opioid epidemic, experiment with water bears, dig into the underbelly of social media, and go to war with Canada.
Release Date: June 5, 2018

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