December 13th, 2018

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 BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES. GKIDS will release the film theatrically next year.

BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES made its world premiere at this year’s Animation Is Film Festival, garnering a Special Jury Prize for its innovative handling of unexpected subject matter. The film from The Glow Animation/Sygnatia and Submarine animation studios, was co-written and directed by Salvador Simó, and produced by Manuel Cristobal. BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF TURTLES captures an early moment in the career of master surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel and his friend and new benefactor Ramón Acin, who set out to make the unexpected and ambitious documentary on the Las Hurdes region in Spain. The film is sold worldwide by Latido Films, and the all-rights deal was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Latido Films’ Antonio Saura.

“Luis Buñuel constantly pushed the visual and storytelling boundaries of cinema,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “It’s only fitting that the story of such a unique and legendary artist would be told through animation, in a wonderful film that uses the medium to its full potential.”

In a stranger-than-fiction tale befitting the master surrealist filmmaker, BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES tells the true story of how Luis Buñuel made his second movie. Paris, 1930. Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel are main figures of the Surrealist movement, but Buñuel is left penniless after a scandal surrounding his film L’Age d’Or. However, his good friend, the sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket with the promise that, if he wins, he will pay for his next film. Incredibly, luck is on their side, and so they set out to make the movie, an ambitious documentary on the Las Hurdes region in Spain. Both a buddy adventure and fascinating episode of cinematic history, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles presents a deeply affecting and humanistic portrait of an artist hunting for his purpose.

FIRST MAN – 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand Release Date

December 12th, 2018

Follow the gripping and captivating true story of the first manned mission to the moon in FIRST MAN, arriving on Digital and via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on January 8, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on January 22, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “the best movie of the year” (Collider) and “exhilarating” (Entertainment Weekly), FIRST MAN comes from acclaimed Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) and stars Ryan Gosling (La La Land, The Big Short) as Neil Armstrong and Claire Foy (“The Crown,” Breathe) as Janet Armstrong in the heroic and emotionally driven journey through a pivotal moment in the history of mankind. Receiving two Golden Globe® nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Foy) and Best Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), the critically acclaimed film is packed with bonus features including deleted scenes and special featurettes showing behind-the-scenes looks at creating the film.

First Man Blu-ray


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Shooting for the Moon – Take an intimate look at the production of FIRST MAN and the collaborative relationship between Director Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling.
  • Preparing to Launch – It’s difficult to believe that FIRST MAN is the first major feature film to tell the journey to Apollo 11. Hear from Director Damien Chazelle and his cast why now is the time to tell the story of this historic event.
  • Giant Leap in One Small Step – A heroic character study, FIRST MAN sheds light on all the hard working individuals that got us to the moon and back.
  • Mission Gone Wrong – Watch as Ryan Gosling reenacts a test piloting sequence gone terribly wrong. Go behind the scenes to see how he trained to nail the landing, performing the majority of his own stunts.
  • Putting You In the Seat – Through the use of innovative technology, most of FIRST MAN was shot in-camera. Take an in-depth look behind the lens of this epic film.
  • Recreating the Moon Landing – Filmed in IMAX to show the vastness of the moon, find out all that it took to recreate the most famous moment in NASA history.
  • Shooting at NASA – Hear from Ryan Gosling and Director Damien Chazelle on how shooting at NASA brought unparalleled authenticity to FIRST MAN.
  • Astronaut Training – Go behind the scenes of the three day boot camp each of the actors underwent prior to filming FIRST MAN.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Damien Chazelle, Screenwriter Josh Singer and Editor Tom Cross
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    December 12th, 2018

    Here is the second trailer from the upcoming film “GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS.” The film was directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).

    Release Date 05-31-2019

    A STAR IS BORN – 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Release Date

    December 12th, 2018

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today the early 2019 release dates of the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, the Blu-ray Combo Pack, the DVD Special Edition and Digital versions of the critically acclaimed box office hit “A Star Is Born.” The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD editions will be available to consumers on February 19, or fans can own it early on Digital on January 15. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, the Blu-ray Combo Pack, the DVD Special Edition and Digital versions of “A Star Is Born” feature almost 10 minutes of never-before-seen musical performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, including “Baby What You Want Me To Do,” “Midnight Special” and “Is That Alright.”

    A Star is Born Blu-ray

    “A Star Is Born” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:

    · Jam Sessions and Rarities

    o “Baby What You Want Me To Do”

    o “Midnight Special”

    o “Is That Alright”

    · The Road to Stardom: Making A Star is Born

    · Music Videos

    o “Shallow”

    o “Always Remember Us This Way”

    o “Look What I Found”

    o “I’ll Never Love Again”

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    Paladin & iDreamMachine Bring “Billboard” To Cinemas Nationwide This Spring

    December 12th, 2018

    Filmmaker Zeke Zelker (“InSearchOf,” “Loggerheads”), under his iDreamMachine production banner has joined forces with Mark Urman’s Paladin to bring his latest film, “Billboard,” to cinemas nationwide in over 25 markets beginning on April 5th, 2019. Zelker wrote, directed and produced “Billboard,” which stars: John Robinson (“Elephant,” “Lords of Dogtown,”), Heather Matarazzo (“Welcome to the Dollhouse,” “The Princess Diaries”), Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Leo Fitzpatrick (“Kids,” “Bully”), Darlene Cates (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grapes,” “Picket Fences”), and Oakes Fegley (“Pete’s Dragon,” “This is Where I Leave You”). The film will expand to additional multiple major markets nationwide.

    “Billboard” transcends the “normal” movie going experience in that its content can be consumed in a number of ways and on different portals. The story, premise, and characters from the feature film can also be enjoyed via live events, a web series, social media, and a virtual radio station. Zelker calls this a “cine•experience,” and plans to entertain audiences with multiple narratives, told across various platforms, allowing viewers to be enveloped in a richer storytelling experience.

    The underlying feature film, “Billboard,” which begins its nationwide theatrical run on April 5th, 2019 in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, (expanding to over 25 markets on in the month of April alone). “Billboard” focuses on a struggling radio station in Pennsylvania that hosts a billboard-sitting contest in a last-ditch attempt to stay on air. Zelker has also created a twenty-five episode web series that follows a day in the life of the four contestants, “The Billboard Sitters,” which will be available to digital audiences as of February 1st, 2019. He has also created a virtual radio station, WTYT960.com, that parallels the station portrayed in the film and features the music of over a thousand bands from twenty-two countries and forty-nine states. The radio station promotes the participating bands who, in turn, will be promoting the film. Zelker used this sort of mutually beneficial interaction throughout the filmmaking process whereby people created submission videos for the contest as a casting tool, where some were included in the movie, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. Additionally, Zelker and his team will be hosting live events around the country sponsored by the fictitious radio station WTYT 960

    “We’re excited to be sharing “Billboard” in cinemas across the country, doing pop-up events at various theaters. We want to make the movie going experience fun again. In every twist and turn of this project we want to entertain people in different ways,” states Zelker.

    Urman adds, “Billboard deftly blends comedy and drama in showing us the extraordinary things that ordinary people do to get by in today’s America. Zeke has created a trenchant commentary on the way we live now, made all the more exciting because he’s presenting it in such a strikingly contemporary way.”

    A long-time pioneer in what has been called “transmedia” entertainment, Zelker is committed to changing the face of film. The “Billboard cine•experience,” tells variations of its story in different ways per medium, which is something unique and not yet fully embraced by the mainstream movie industry. Zelker explores multiple sides of the narrative and is unafraid to push traditional boundary lines between truth and fiction; all while enabling audiences to become a part of the story.

    In “Billboard,” Casey Lindeweiler (Robinson) inherits WTYT 960 from his legendary radioman father only to discover that it’s on the brink of financial collapse. To right the sinking ship, Casey pulls out the oldest trick in radio, the wacky contest. His grand plan is to host a billboard sitting contest where four people will live on a catwalk in front of a billboard for the chance of winning a mobile home and “nine-sixty thousand” dollars. Unprepared for the spotlight, Casey rises to the challenge of running a business but is faced with relentless attacks from his competition (Roberts), the local authorities, the media, and mother nature herself. Casey struggles to keep his father’s legacy alive while fighting to stay independent. “Billboard” is inspired by an actual billboard-sitting contest Zelker recalls from his youth.


    December 11th, 2018

    Producers Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page have teamed up to open Ley Line Entertainment, a content development, production, and financing company with projects spanning film, television, stage, and music.

    Over the years, the duo has been involved in all facets of the entertainment business. Headington financed and produced such films as The Young Victoria, Argo, Hugo, and World War Z, while Page, a former music industry and advertising executive, was instrumental in overseeing the career development of many internationally recognized artists, including Britney Spears, NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, and Backstreet Boys.

    Ley Line is hitting the ground running with Paul Harrill’s upcoming Sundance 2019 NEXT entry Light from Light, which Headington and Page produced with the Sailor Bear trio of David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston, alongside actor Elisabeth Moss and Kelly Williams (Sorry to Bother You). The film stars Marin Ireland and Jim Gaffigan.

    Ley Line is also co-financing and co-producing David Lowery’s next effort, The Green Knight, a re-telling of the classic English tale Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, along with A24 and BRON.

    “We started this company in order to foster both new and established talent while telling unique and meaningful stories across a broad range of mediums,” said Headington. “I’m looking forward to embarking on a long and creative partnership with Theresa.”

    “Tim and I have diverse and complementary professional backgrounds and artistic tastes,” said Page. “I feel really good about the current lineup of projects we have and I’m excited to find and support the next generation of artists.”

    Their first stage production is a musical–set to the international megahits of Max Martin–to be announced in January of 2019 and opening in the West End the following November. The company’s next stage project will be an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, with an eye towards a 2021 West End release. Headington produced the 2011 Oscar®-nominated film version (Hugo), and reflecting back on it, he says “it’s one of the projects I’ve remained the most fond of in my career, and I still feel a deep personal attachment to the story. Brian is truly a genius and the stage seemed like a natural progression for his work.” Selznick is currently writing the libretto for the musical.

    Also on their slate is an as-yet untitled bio-doc of musician Brian Wilson from director Brent Wilson (no relation) which Ley Line financed and produced. Executive produced by Brian and Melinda Wilson, the film follows the legendary Beach Boys co-founder as he has in-depth, intimate conversations with his old friend and Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine. Featuring new and classic music this doc will be a favorite for Wilson fans. The film is in post-production and is slated for a 2019 release.

    Other upcoming projects include The Mercy of Thin Air, based on the novel by Ronlyn Domingue, which the company has optioned and is developing, and a film based on the award-winning indie game by Atmos Games, Pinstripe.

    They Shall Not Grow Old – Trailer

    December 11th, 2018

    From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “The Hobbit” Trilogy) comes the groundbreaking documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old,” presented on the centenary of the end of the First World War.

    Applying state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies to century-old footage—carefully chosen from hundreds of hours of original Great War film held in the archives of the Imperial War Museum (IWM)—Jackson has created an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic cinematic experience. The only narration comes from Great War veterans themselves, selected from over 600 hours of BBC and IWM archive interviews, resulting in a gripping account of “The War to End All Wars,” told by the soldiers who experienced it.

    By restoring the original footage to a standard never seen before, the human face of WWI emerges with vivid clarity through the fog of time. Jackson captures the day-to-day experience of its soldiers and reveals the reality of war for those on the front line: their attitudes about the conflict; their camaraderie and their need for humor amidst the horror; the functions of daily life in the trenches; and what their lives were like during periods of rest.

    Using cutting-edge techniques to transform the images of a century ago into footage that could have been shot today, Jackson both remembers and honors a generation changed forever by a global war.

    “They Shall Not Grow Old” was directed by Peter Jackson and produced by Clare Olssen and Jackson, with Ken Kamins, Tessa Ross, Di Lees and Jenny Waldman serving as executive producers. The film was edited by Jabez Olssen. The music is by David Donaldson, Janet Roddick & Steve Roche.

    Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Wingnut Films Production, co‐commissioned by 14‐18 NOW and Imperial War Museum in association with BBC. It is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.


    December 11th, 2018

    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 OKKO’S INN, the new feature film from Studio Ghibli veteran animator Kitaro Kosaka. The film world premiered at the 2018 Annecy International Film Festival, and additionally played at Animation is Film this past October. GKIDS will release the film theatrically next year in both its original Japanese language and a new English dubbed version.

    OKKO’S INN follows Okko, who goes to live with her grandmother in the countryside after losing her parents. While she prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are playful ghosts who live there. However, only she can see them.

    The all-rights deal was negotiated by David Jesteadt of GKIDS and Haruko Watanabe of GAGA Corporation.

    “From the moment we saw Okko’s Inn at Annecy, we knew this was a film we wanted to share with audiences nationwide,” said David Jesteadt, president of GKIDS. “Director Kitaro Kosaka has made a film of effortless warmth and generosity of spirit, and that feels more necessary than ever.”

    After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. The inn’s motto is that it welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself. The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli, seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. Okko’s Inn delivers a rare ghost story that – despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity.


    December 11th, 2018

    Here is the poster from the upcoming film SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. The film is directed by Jeff Fowler, starring James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Natasha Rothwell, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough, Adam Pally and Jim Carrey.


    BRIGHTBURN – Trailer

    December 11th, 2018

    Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “BRIGHTBURN.” The film is directed by David Yarovesky, starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, and Meredith Hagner.

    Releases in U.S. theaters on May 24, 2019.

    What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

    With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.