On DVD and Blu-ray December 5, 2017

December 5th, 2017

DESPICABLE ME 3


DESPICABLE ME 3 Blu-ray

Illumination, the studio that brought you Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, continues the adventures of Gru and his family in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker, “South Park,” Team America: World Police), the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — the former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad.

Release Date: December 5, 2017

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CONOR MCGREGOR NOTORIOUS


CONOR MCGREGOR NOTORIOUS DVD

Boxing since the age of 12, Dublin-born Conor McGregor has gone from a plumbing apprenticeship and a life on benefits to being the current UFC Lightweight Champion and the biggest fight sports star in the world. Just 29 years old and a pro-fighter since 2008, with 18 wins by knock out under his belt, McGregor is an icon to his faithful fans who remain absorbed by his peerless skill, his fearless attitude and his infamous swagger. Much more than that though, McGregor is a personality who is hard to ignore and is admired within and without the world of UFC for his unrivalled passion, dedication and commitment.

CONOR McGREGOR: NOTORIOUS, filmed over the course of 4 years, is a gripping access-all-areas account of McGregor’s personal and professional journey from claiming benefits and living in his mother’s spare room with his girlfriend to claiming multiple championship belts and 9-figure pay packets. Featuring exclusive interviews, unprecedented access and fight footage, this is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at a sporting icon and his meteoric rise.

Following McGregor from his transition as a largely unknown fighter to the status he currently enjoys, the film includes highlights from throughout his career including winning the UFC championship belt in just 13 seconds and his shock loss to rival Nate Diaz, culminating in his recent foray into the world of boxing and his record-breaking Las Vegas bout against Floyd Mayweather.

With all the controversy, candor and steely-eyed self-belief we’ve come to expect, CONOR McGREGOR: NOTORIOUS offers an unprecedented glimpse into the public and private life of a man considered a hero by fans across the globe. A window into the world of one of sport’s true individuals, this is timely, essential viewing.

Release Date: December 5, 2017

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SANTA STOLE OUR DOG


SANTA STOLE OUR DOG DVD

Ed Asner (Elf, Up) stars as Santa Claus in this heartwarming holiday adventure for the whole family. On a snowy Christmas Eve, the Whitehaven’s beloved family dog, Rusty, goes missing. Could Santa have taken him? Follow the Whitehavens on an exciting adventure to the magical North Pole to get Rusty back in this enchanting holiday delight featuring original songs by Dolly Parton, John Schneider and Leiber & Stoller.

Release Date: December 5, 2017

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SAOIRSE RONAN TO RECEIVE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, ACTRESS AT 29th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM AWARDS GALA

December 4th, 2017

The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Saoirse Ronan with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for her performance in Lady Bird at its annual Film Awards Gala. Ronan joins previously announced 2018 honorees Timothée Chalamet, Gal Gadot, Holly Hunter, Allison Janney, Gary Oldman, Sam Rockwell and The Shape of Water. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2nd at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2–15, 2018.

“Saoirse Ronan delivers one of the most outstanding performances of this year as an outspoken high school student growing up in Sacramento in the critically acclaimed film Lady Bird,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Following her exceptional performances in Atonement and Brooklyn, Ronan is sure to receive her third Academy Award nomination. It is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Saoirse Ronan.”

Ronan received the PSIFF International Star Award in 2016 for her performance in Brooklyn, going on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the same role. Additional past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress include Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, and Naomi Watts.

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig proves herself a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated, strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amid a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

For her role in the film, Ronan has already received Best Actress from the Gotham Independent Film Awards and is nominated for Best Female Lead from the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Ronan began her career at just 13 years old with her critically acclaimed performance as Briony Tallis in Atonement, opposite Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. The role garnered her Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She starred as Eilis in Fox Searchlight’s Academy Award-nominated film Brooklyn, written by Nick Hornby and directed by John Crowley. Her portrayal earned her Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her other film credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hanna, The Lovely Bones, and The Way Back. She recently wrapped production on Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach and is currently in production on Focus Features’ Mary Queen of Scots, playing the title character.

GWYNETH PALTROW TO BE HONORED WITH VISION AWARD AT 2018 SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

December 3rd, 2017

The 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF), presented by Zions Bank, will honor Gwyneth Paltrow with its Vision Award. The festival runs March 14-18, 2018.

The SVFF Vision Award pays tribute to an individual who has provided the keen insight, influence and initiative to fulfill a creative vision. Past recipients of the award include Geena Davis, Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone. Paltrow will be presented with the award on Saturday, March 17 at Sun Valley Resort’s historic Roundhouse on Bald Mountain. She will also be a part of the Coffee Talks series, which is a free and informal gathering, where Paltrow will discuss her career and answer questions from the audience.

“We couldn’t be happier to honor Gwyneth, who is not only a cinema icon, but a health and wellness guru who has revolutionized the online presence of lifestyle brands,” said Executive Director Teddy Grennan. “We’re thrilled to celebrate her achievements both on and off the screen with SVFF’s Vision Award.”

Oscar®-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, whose 1998 turn in Shakespeare in Love garnered her Best Actress honors at the Golden Globes®, Screen Actors Guild Awards®, and Academy Awards®, is also a decorated author, singer and entrepreneur. In 2011, she won an Emmy® for Guest Actress in a Comedy series for playing substitute teacher Holly Holiday on Glee, and her song, “Coming Home,” from the soundtrack for Country Strong, was nominated for an Oscar® (the album went gold). In addition, Paltrow has authored three New York Times Best Selling cookbooks, My Father’s Daughter (2011), It’s All Good (2013), and It’s All Easy (2016)—the latter two hit #1. She also co-wrote Spain, A Culinary Road Trip with acclaimed chef Mario Batali after their PBS documentary, “Spain…on the Road Again,” which was about Spanish food and culture, aired. In 2008, Paltrow launched goop, a lifestyle brand devoted to making every choice count, where food, shopping, and mindfulness collide: In particular, goop has gained acclaim for its focus on health, wellness, and clean eating, as well as its city guides, an insider’s perspective on the very best places to eat, shop, and stay in the world’s most compelling destinations. Goop’s recent ventures include goop magazine in collaboration with Condé Nast, goop Lab, its first permanent store located in Brentwood, CA. In addition, goop has a tightly edited digital shop, a book imprint and its own product lines, including skincare, fragrances, apparel, and supplements. Other notable film credits include Proof (for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination), Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, Anthony Mighella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, David Fincher’s Seven, the Farrelly brothers’ Shallow Hal, Alfonso Cuarón’s Great Expectations, Douglas McGrath’s Emma, Sliding Doors and Marvel’s Iron Man franchise.

THE COMPETITION – Trailer

December 2nd, 2017

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “THE COMPETITION.” The film is directed by Harvey Lowry, starring Thora Birch, Chris Klein, Claire Coffee, David Blue, Kelsey Tucker, Gabrielle Stone, Betsy Hume, Tiffany Fallon, Josh Rice.

IN SELECT THEATERS AND ON DEMAND JANUARY 26

Lauren (Thora Birch, American Beauty) becomes the voice of a generation when, after one too many bad boyfriends, she launches a blog promoting “The PIG Theory.” The PIG Theory insists you can enjoy all that romance has to offer, but only for six months. At this “Point of Infidelity and Guilt,” you must break up before your mate becomes unfaithful. Lauren is a beacon of light for her followers, but Lauren’s sister, Gena (Claire Coffee, “Grimm”), is concerned. She introduces Lauren to the perfect man: Calvin (Chris Klein, American Pie) and they hit it off so an idea strikes: A competition! Calvin will pick five friends who have been in a relationship for longer than six months, and Lauren will pick the enchantress to be their downfall. If three out of five cheat, Calvin must walk away. But if three out of five resist temptation, Lauren must shut down her blog and open her heart to Calvin. Their friends will be the challengers who determine their destiny!



BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN – Trailer

December 2nd, 2017

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN.” The film is directed by Alberto Vázquez & Pedro Rivera, starring Pedro Rivera, Andrea Alzuri, Eba Ojanguren, Josu Cubero, Josu Varela, Félix Arkarazo, Jorge Carrero, Nuria Marín, Jon Goiri, Maribel Legarreta, Iker Díaz, Juan Carlos Loriz, Kepa Cueto, Mónica Erdocia, Gilen Alcalde.

BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN
In Select Theaters December 15th

There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever. Based on a graphic novel and short film by co-director Alberto Vázquez and winner of the Goya Award for Best An- imated Feature (where Vázquez won Best Animated Short Film in the same year), Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is a darkly comic, beautiful and haunting tale of coming of age in a world gone to ruin.



THOROUGHBREDS – Green Band Trailer

December 1st, 2017

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film THOROUGHBREDS. The film is directed by Cory Finley, starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, and Paul Sparks

Focus Features will release THOROUGHBREDS in select theaters on March 9, 2018

In Theaters December 1, 2017

December 1st, 2017

    THE DISASTER ARTIST 

The Disaster Artist Release PosterWith The Disaster Artist, James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau — an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable — into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend — and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.

  

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    THE SHAPE OF WATER 

THE SHAPE OF WATER Release PosterFrom the master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-wordly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

 

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    LOVE BEATS RHYMES 

LOVE BEATS RHYMES Release PosterWhen struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice — and true love — in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount and Common.

 

 

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    WONDER WHEEL  

WONDER WHEEL Release PosterWONDER WHEEL tells the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny (Kate Winslet), an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny’s rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro captures a tale of passion, violence, and betrayal that plays out against the picturesque tableau of 1950s Coney Island.

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  APACHE WARRIOR  

 Apache Warrior Release PosterApache Warrior is a feature-length documentary that puts the viewer in the cockpit of an Apache helicopter during one of the most intense missions in aviation history. Telling the story of an elite U.S. Army Aviation Squadron, this film highlights the adaptability, courage and selflessness of Apache pilots and their crews as they launch an attack during the initial surge into Iraq in March, 2003. The mission unfolds in near real time as these heroic soldiers fight to stay alive. The film is a Strong Eagle Media production, in association with A. Smith & Co. Dox and Mechanical Dragons.

  

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  ALIEN INVASION: S.U.M.1  

ALIEN INVASION: S.U.M.1  Release PosterA young soldier (Iwan Rheon, “Game of Thrones”) who has lived his whole life underground, reports to his new isolated duty post in a remote forest. His mission is to guard an automatic defense circle that keeps the alien race “Nonesuch” at bay. The routine military operation slowly becomes a nightmare. Eerie sounds echo from the trees at night, the news report of frequent, devastating attacks, the electricity in the tower becomes unstable and the promised mechanic never shows. Isolation and paranoia begin to eat away at the young soldier’s mind. Are the Nonesuch truly hiding in the dark forest waiting to strike at any moment or is this soldier being pushed into madness?

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ACTS OF VIOLENCE – Trailer

December 1st, 2017

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “ACTS OF VIOLENCE.” The film is directed by Brett Donowho, starring Cole Hauser, Bruce Willis, Shawn Ashmore, Ashton Holmes, Melissa Bolona, with Sophia Bush, and Mike Epps

ACTS OF VIOLENCE
In Select Theaters & On Demand January 12th

Three Midwestern brothers, a crime lord, and an incorruptible cop are on a deadly collision course when the youngest brother’s fiancée is kidnapped by human traffickers. To save her, the MacGregor boys call on their military training – and the strength of family – to fight the most important battle of their lives. ACTS OF VIOLENCE stars Cole Hauser as Deklan MacGregor, Bruce Willis as Detective James Avery, and Sophia Bush as Detective Brooke Baker.



HOLLYWOOD’S FIRST SUPER TEAM ASSEMBLED AS STAR PRO ATHLETES DREW BREES, TONY PARKER, DERRICK BROOKS AND MICHAEL FINLEY JOIN ARGENT PICTURES

December 1st, 2017

A Hollywood super team rivaling any in the sports world has officially been assembled as star NFL quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, NBA all-star guard Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, retired NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, and retired NBA all-star Michael Finley have become partners in Argent Pictures, the Los Angeles based film production and financing outfit founded by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo.

Brees, Parker, Brooks and Finley have all quietly built up impressive credits as movie producers over the last few years and are now active partners in Argent Pictures after collaborating with the company, independently, on single picture projects.

Together, the Argent team has been involved with some of the most acclaimed independent films of the last 18 months including the recently released “American Made” starring Tom Cruise (Paramount); Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” (Fox Searchlight); Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” (Lionsgate), for which Argent funded the P&A, and the Sundance Audience Award winning documentary “Chasing Coral” (Netflix).

Additional film collaborations have included the critically acclaimed “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”; the hit comedy/horror “Meet the Blacks”; the drama “The Benefactor” starring Richard Gere; the crime/drama “LUV” starring Common; “Gleason” – the moving and inspirational documentary on NFL player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS; and Universal Pictures adventure/thriller “Sanctum.”

Upcoming movie collaborations include the action/thriller “Nomis” starring Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill and Ben Kingsley; Rob Reiner’s drama “Shock & Awe” starring Jessica Biel and Woody Harrelson; the next two installments of Sylvester Stallone’s “Escape Plan” franchise (“Escape Plan 2 and 3”) and “First to do it” – a documentary about the first African American professional Basketball player, Earl Lloyd.

Argent Pictures most recently optioned the remake rights to “The Good Time Girls,” and has committed to financing and producing the feature adaptation of Courtney Hoffman’s blood-soaked western revenge short film.

The all-star quartet (Brees, Parker, Finley, Brooks) have come onboard as active producers to film projects currently on Argent Pictures’ development slate. Argent will continue to develop/finance/produce anywhere from three to six projects a year, with a mandate to serve as a top-tier supplier of mainstream projects for both the studios and major independent distributors worldwide.

Budget ranges of the films on the Argent slate will vary depending on the size and scope of the individual projects, but the company remains highly flexible. Above the financing of material, the company will be devoted to fostering an artist-friendly environment for top filmmakers and talent and willing to explore powerful stories featuring inter-cultural concepts.

Argent CEO Ben Renzo said, “Having worked with Mike, Drew, Tony and Derrick for many years on their entertainment endeavors, not only have they become good friends but our collective experience in the entertainment industry has been very rewarding and successful. As a group, we have supported filmmakers of all statures, by getting behind their vision in the most collaborative sense possible. We felt strongly that uniting as a formalized team under Argent would provide us greater reach to source and attract the best stories and storytellers, and enhance our ability to efficiently develop, finance and produce more films than ever before. We are truly grateful and humbled to grow the Argent family with such quality individuals who are dedicated to using their experience, influence and resources to help Argent become an elite film finance and production company.”

“What attracted me to Argent is that it is a company that puts material first and will develop and explore original and unique themes and subject matters that can be fully exploited,” said Brooks. “We have collectively developed a solid business strategy encompassing a diverse portfolio of projects, which I am very excited to help get off the ground and shepherd.”

“For me, being in the film business is about being able to tell stories and having a viable vehicle to do so,” said Brees. “We are all inspired by stories with motivating messages yet are highly entertaining. Within Argent, we have by design, an expansive and efficient network through which we can identify and pursue the best projects and material and collaborate with any filmmakers around the globe to build a diverse slate. I am thrilled to be a part of the Argent family.”

Said Parker, “I’ve known Ben for a while and have tremendous respect for the approach and dedication to the business that he, Jill and Ryan exhibit. I am excited to be aligned with great like-minded partners who will aggressively pursue development material that we’re excited to finance and produce.”

Said Finley, “Ben, Jill and Ryan are incredibly savvy producers and I have a great deal of admiration and respect for their track record of finding tremendous material and shepherding it through to the big screen. Beyond the impressive credits and history of success, what makes this attractive is that we share a common vision – not just on taste and preferences of films, but on the execution of a partnership that will bring high quality, very entertaining films to the marketplace.”

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD – Trailer 2

November 30th, 2017

Here is the trailer from ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. The film is directed by Ridley Scott, starring Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer, Timothy Hutton.

The film opens in theaters beginning December 22, 2017