LOVE IT WAS NOT – Trailer

By | October 15, 2021

Greenwich Entertainment will release Israeli filmmaker Maya Sarfaty’s haunting Love It Was Not in movie theaters starting Friday, November 5 including at Quad Cinema in New York City, Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles, and Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino.

The documentary premiered to rave reviews at Docaviv where it won the festival’s top prize, the Frank Lowy Award for the Best Israeli Film; had its international debut at IDFA; and had its North American premiere at Hot Docs. Love It Was Not was nominated for the Ophir Awards for Best Documentary from the Israel Film Academy, the country’s top industry award.

Love It Was Not is based on Sarfaty’s 2016 Student Academy Award-winning short The Most Beautiful Woman.

Love, It Was Not is a tragic love story between a prisoner and a Nazi – as well as the ambivalence between good and evil. Beautiful and full of life, Helena Citron, is taken to Auschwitz as a teenager (one of the first 1000 transported to the concentration camp), and soon finds unlikely solace under the protection of Franz Wunsch, a barely older SS officer who falls in love with her and her magnetic singing voice. Risking execution if caught, they went on with their forbidden romantic relationship for two and a half years until the war ended and the camp was liberated.

Thirty years later, a letter arrives from Wunsch’s wife asking Helena to “return the favor” — testify on Wunsch’s behalf at his war crimes trial. Faced with an impossible decision, Helena must choose. Will she help the man who brutalized so many lives, but saved hers?

Sarfaty uses archival footage to show the repercussions on the couple’s lives and those of their families. Eyewitness accounts from women who observed this taboo relationship while in Auschwitz add to the incredible story.

“Making this film was a long and challenging journey, said director Maya Sarfaty. “It began with a single image of an inmate in Auschwitz, went through a small apartment in Williamsburg NY, continued to the court room in Vienna, and rolled into the private archives of an SS officer in Switzerland. Knowing that the film is now coming to America makes me both proud and excited. I have no doubt audiences across the states will appreciate the larger-than-life love story of Helena, the Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz and her captor the SS officer Franz Wunsch.”

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THE BETA TEST – Trailer

By | October 15, 2021

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film #TheBetaTest “THE BETA TEST.” The film is directed by Jim Cummings (“Thunder Road,” “The Wolf of Snow Hollow”) & PJ McCabe, starring Jim Cummings, Virginia Newcomb, PJ McCabe, Kevin Changaris, Olivia Grace Applegate, Jessie Barr.

A married Hollywood agent receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, murder and infidelity in this scintillating satire.

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SCREEN MEDIA ACQUIRES CRIME THRILLER LA SOGA SALVATION OUT OF TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

By | October 15, 2021

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Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, announced today the acquisition of all North American rights to the crime thriller film La Soga Salvation following its premiere at 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section. Directed by, and starring Manny Perez (Pride & Glory, Homeland), La Soga Salvation also stars Chris McGarry (Lucifer), Juan Fernández (The Collector), Hada Vanessa (La Bruja), and Sarah Jorge Leon (La Siete Muertes). Screen Media is planning a day-and-date release in early 2022.

Years after his last hit as a skilled and sought-after hitman under the alias La Soga, Luisito (Perez) has finally settled down with his girlfriend Lía (Sarah Jorge Leon) in a quiet seaside town. Unfortunately, his past isn’t done with him. When criminal contractor Jimmy Mac (Chris McGarry) finds himself in need of a skilled hitman to take out a powerful Dominican drug lord, he can think of no better man for the job than La Soga. Jimmy kidnaps Lía, leaving Luisito with no other choice than to re-enter the criminal underworld and take on a crew of dangerous killers, including a particularly mysterious assassin, Dani (Hada Vanessa), who has long awaited the chance to even the score with her rival, La Soga.

Marking his directing debut, Manny Perez also serves as screenwriter, producer, and lead actor of La Soga Salvation, producing through Conuco Productions.

“I am so grateful that Screen Media will be releasing my first feature as a director,” said Manny Perez. “They have released a few other films where I was either the producer or the actor, so I feel like I am right back at home with the family that has taken care of me and now they will be handling my baby, La Soga Salvation.”

“We found ourselves passionate about the thrilling and heartfelt story Manny has crafted and know audiences will feel the same,” said Screen Media in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to play a small role in Manny’s continued creative growth as a star, director, writer and producer.”

Seth Needle, EVP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, negotiated the deal with Manny Perez and Steven Beer of Lewis Brisbois.

THE TENDER BAR – Trailer

By | October 15, 2021

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film #TheTenderBar “THE TENDER BAR.” The film is directed by George Clooney, starring Academy Award® Winner Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Emmy Award Winner Christopher Lloyd, Lily Rabe, and introducing Daniel Ranieri.

The Tender Bar tells the story of J.R. (Sheridan), a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie (Affleck), is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. As the boy’s determined mother (Rabe) struggles to provide her son with opportunities denied to her — and leave the dilapidated home of her outrageous if begrudgingly supportive father (Christopher Lloyd) — J.R. begins to gamely, if not always gracefully, pursue his romantic and professional dreams — with one foot persistently placed in Uncle Charlie’s bar. The Tender Bar is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer.

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DEMIGOD – Trailer

By | October 14, 2021

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film #Demigod “DEMIGOD.” The film is directed by Miles Doleac, starring Rachel Nichols, Jeremy London, and Elena Sanchez.

Upon the death of her grandfather, a woman and her husband return to her birthplace in Germany’s Black Forest, only to find a terrifying secret awaits them.

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THE SELLING – Trailer

By | October 14, 2021

Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film #TheSelling “THE SELLING”. The film is directed by Juan José Campanella, starring Gabriel Diani, Janet Varney, Jonathan Klein, Etta Devine, Nancy Lenehan and Barry Bostwick, with a special appearance by Simon Helberg.

When Richard Scarry, a too honest for his own good real estate agent, discovers the house he’s invested in to raise money for his mother’s hospital bills is haunted he learns how scary the housing market really is. With the aid of his best friend who refuses to go inside, an exorcist who loves craftsman style architecture, and an eccentric ghost rights activist/blogger/waitress, Richard gamely tries to get rid of the house and/or its ghostly inhabitants before its too late. But when an evil spirit decides to move out of the house and into his body, Richard discovers he has a whole new set of possession problems.

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The Weasels’ Tale (El Cuento de las Comadrejas) – Trailer

By | October 14, 2021

Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film #TheWeaselsTale “The Weasels’ Tale” (El Cuento de las Comadrejas). The film is directed by Juan José Campanella, starring Graciela Borges, Oscar Martínez & Luis Brandoni.

The story of a group of four long-time friends, including a beautiful actress from cinema’s golden age, an actor in the twilight of his life, a frustrated scriptwriter, and an old director, will do the impossible to try and preserve the world they have created in an old mansion in the countryside outside Buenos Aires. When faced with the threat of a young couple who could put everything in danger, financial gain, seduction, betrayal, and memories run amok to create the recipe for this delightful game of cat…and weasel.

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THE BLACK PHONE – Trailer

By | October 14, 2021

Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film #TheBlackPhone “THE BLACK PHONE “. The film is directed by Scott Derrickso. Starring Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone and Ethan Hawke.

Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

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AMERICAN NIGHT – Trailer

By | October 13, 2021

Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film #AmericanNight “AMERICAN NIGHT”. The film is directed by Alessio Della Valle. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emile Hirsch, Paz Vega, Jeremy Piven, Anastacia.

Art and life collide in this stylish and wildly entertaining neo-noir thriller. When a highly coveted Andy Warhol painting suddenly surfaces, it triggers a chain reaction of danger-filled events for a colorful group of characters including: a forger turned art dealer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers); a mobster and painter (Emile Hirsch) with a penchant for scorpions; a seductive museum conservator (Paz Vega); and a stuntman and wannabe ninja (Jeremy Piven). Filled with daring double-crosses and surprising twists and turns, the race for the painting comes to an explosive conclusion…one American Night.

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SHE PARADISE – Trailer

By | October 13, 2021

Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film #SheParadise “SHE PARADISE”. The film is directed by Maya Cozier. Starring Onessa Nestor.

A young woman is desperate to be a soca dancer to escape a dead end life. She botches her first audition with the dance troupe but uses her wit to convince them to take her under their wing.The girls bring Sparkle into a life of partying, dancing, and young love but is it what Sparkle wants – or needs?

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SCREAM – Trailer

By | October 13, 2021

Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film #Scream “SCREAM”. The film is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett. Starring Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, with Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell.

Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. Neve Campbell (“Sidney Prescott”), Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) and David Arquette (“Dewey Riley”) return to their iconic roles in Scream alongside Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Sonia Ammar.

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MALIGNANT – Blu-ray and DVD Release Date

By | October 12, 2021

Discover terrifying realities when “Malignant” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on October 22. Director James Wan (“The Conjuring,” “Aquaman,” “Furious 7”) returns to his roots with this original horror thriller. The film is also from a screenplay by Akela Cooper (“M3GAN,” TV’s “Luke Cage”), story by Wan, Ingrid Bisu and Cooper, and stars Annabelle Wallis (“Annabelle,” “The Mummy”), Maddie Hasson (TV’s “Impulse,” TV’s “Mr. Mercedes”) and George Young (TV’s “Containment”). The film will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning on November 30.

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“Malignant” Blu-ray and DVD contain the following special feature:

  • Malignant: James Wan’s Visions – Groundbreaking filmmaker James Wan takes us behind the scenes for a look at his latest film, Malignant, a genre-bending thriller
  • THE 355 – New Trailer

    By | October 11, 2021

    Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film #The355 “THE 355”. The film is directed by Simon Kinberg. Starring Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, with Édgar Ramirez and Sebastian Stan.

    A dream team of formidable female stars come together in a hard-driving original approach to the globe-trotting espionage genre in The 355.

    When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, wild card CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Oscar®-nominated actress Jessica Chastain) will need to join forces with rival badass German agent Marie (Diane Kruger, In the Fade), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Oscar® winner Penélope Cruz) on a lethal, breakneck mission to retrieve it, while also staying one-step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan, X-Men: Days of Future Past), who is tracking their every move.

    As the action rockets around the globe from the cafes of Paris to the markets of Morocco to the wealth and glamour of Shanghai, the quartet of women will forge a tenuous loyalty that could protect the world—or get them killed.

    EMA – Trailer

    By | October 11, 2021

    Here is the trailer from the upcoming film #Ema “EMA.” The film is directed by Pablo Larraín, starring Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael Garcia Bernal.

    Adoptive parents Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo) and Gastón (Gael García Bernal) are artistic free spirits in an experimental dance troupe whose lives are thrown into chaos when their son Polo is involved in a shocking incident. As her marriage crumbles in the wake of their decision to abandon the child, Ema embarks on an odyssey of liberation and self-discovery as she dances and seduces her way into a daring new life. Centering on the sinuous, electrifying art of reggaeton dance, Ema is an incendiary portrait of an artistic temperament forced to contend with societal pressure and the urge to conform. From world-class director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda) comes another psychologically acute exhumation of Latin American life featuring an unforgettable heroine who is determined to move freely through the world as she electrifies everyone and everything around her.

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    RAIMI PRODUCTIONS, VERTIGO ENTERTAINMENT, NTHIBAH PICTURES AND HAMMERSTONE STUDIOS TO PARENT PRODUCTION OF ‘BOY KILLS WORLD’

    By | October 11, 2021

    Raimi Productions, Vertigo Entertainment, Nthibah Pictures and Hammerstone Studios have joined forces to produce BOY KILLS WORLD. The film’s director, Moritz Mohr (Akumi), created a detailed previsualization of the film’s inventive cinematic approach, which caught the attention of Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) and Roy Lee (IT and IT Chapter 2). Mohr and Arend Remmers (TV Series Sløborn) created a rich and detailed world around their story of one character’s relentless quest for just vengeance. Remmers and Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury: The Movie) penned the script. CAA Media Finance will represent domestic rights and arranged the project’s financing with Simon Swart and Wayne Fitzjohn of Nthibah Pictures (Redeeming Love) and Alex Lebovici of Hammerstone Studios (Bill and Ted Face the Music). Zainab Azizi of Raimi Productions, Stuart Manashil of Novo, Dan Kagan, Andrew Childs of Vertigo Entertainment and Reza Brojerdi of Ventaro Film are also producers. Casting is in progress with Nancy Nayor Casting, with production to take place in South Africa.

    Key cast in place includes Bill Skarsgård (Deadpool 2, It Chapter Two) in the title role of “Boy,” Samara Weaving (Ready or Not, Bill and Ted Face the Music) as assassin “June 27” and martial arts master Yayan Ruhian (John Wick 3, The Raid: Redemption) as Boy’s mentor “Shaman.”

    Said Raimi “I am thrilled to be partnering up again with Roy Lee on Moritz Mohr’s BOY KILLS WORLD. Moritz has a brilliant sense for action, humor, and world building that I just cannot wait for the world to see. We are excited to be collaborating with Nthibah and Hammerstone to bring Moritz’s unique film to life.”

    Added Simon Swart, CEO of Nthibah Pictures, “BOY KILLS WORLD is set in a distinct dystopian world, combining real world themes with a stylized look that is fresh, cool and original, borrowing from the best of graphic novels. With a script that combines wild innovative action sequences, a sense of humor and a lot of crazy, this film has the potential to be a worldwide hit and potential franchise property.”

    Mohr started working in a small video rental store as a teenager where he fell in love with cinema. He began making short films that impressed and led to him attending the prestigious Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (film academy) where he produced the acclaimed short Akumi, which was given the German national cinematography and editing award. Moritz moved to Los Angeles to attend the UCLA filmmakers’ program which led to him becoming an in demand commercial director. In 2018 he wrote, produced, and directed the BOY KILLS WORLD short.

    BOY KILLS WORLD is a one-of-a-kind action spectacle set in a dystopian fever dream reality. BOY is a deaf mute with a vibrant imagination. When his family is murdered, BOY escapes to the jungle and is trained by a mysterious shaman to repress his childish imagination and become an instrument of death.

    LAST MAN DOWN – Trailer

    By | October 11, 2021

    Here is the trailer from the upcoming film #LastManDown “LAST MAN DOWN.” The film is directed by Fansu Njie, starring Daniel Stisen, Olga Kent, Daniel Nehme, Stanislav Yanevski, Madeleine Vall, Natassia Malthe.

    After civilization succumbs to a deadly pandemic and his wife is murdered, John Wood – a special forces soldier – abandons his duty and becomes a hermit in the Nordic wilderness. Years later, a wounded woman appears on his doorstep. Maria Johnson is an escaped lab rat, and her pursuers believe her blood is the key to a worldwide cure. Though John is hesitant to get involved, all doubts are cast aside when he discovers Maria’s pursuer is none other than Commander Stone, the man that murdered his wife some years ago.

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    NO TIME TO DIE – Movie Review

    By | October 8, 2021

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    Safin: James Bond. License to kill, history of violence… I could be speaking to my own reflection. Only your skills will die with your body, while mine will survive long after I’m gone.

    James Bond: History isn’t kind to men who play God.

    I was around during the days of Sir Sean Connery but was too young to truly appreciate the mystique that is James Bond. I grew up during the Roger Moore time and was hooked. After getting through the brief Timothy Dalton stint and the hyped Pierce Brosnan reign, I was quite skeptical of this Daniel Craig guy taking over such a world renowned role. His performances along with the grittiness of these recent Bond flicks have brought me to the conclusion that, at least for me, Daniel is my favorite Bond. So much for my skepticism. I will say right off the bat without giving anything away that if you are a fan of James Bond movies, this is a must see if there ever was one. I would also recommend (if you’re comfortable with it) seeing it on the big screen. The visuals in this film are some of the best I’ve ever seen. The filming locations and overall cinematography are breath taking eye popping and all around amazing. But the sophistication doesn’t exist only in the visual but also in the script, the stunts, and the action. True to Bond form, this film does not disappoint in any of those arenas. What makes these Daniel Craig 007s so great is the perfect melding of classic Bond with a new Bond. We still get classic Bond in aspects like the cars, weapons, gadgets, one liners, and his debonair persona. The new Bond includes a lot more realism, it is very much more gritty, and quite emotional too. This is our modern Bond at his best and this film highlights that fact.

    The cast of this movie is definitely worth mentioning. We’ll start with Oscar winner Rami Malek who is very disturbing as Safin. Lea Seydoux is arguably one of the best Bond leading ladies ever. I mean come on, she’s the only one to do it twice. On that note, I will mention that this James Bond movie does push the envelope and break a few traditions so heads up on that if you are sensitive to it. I thought it was bold and almost refreshing. I need to mention the stunning Ana de Armas whose role was brief but potent. She was strong and silly which made it enjoyable. Then there’s the also powerful role given by Lashana Lynch. You don’t want to mess with her. It took me a bit to realize why I recognized her so much. We still have our usual suspects in Mr. Fiennes, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, and one of my favorites Jeffrey Wright as Felix. All these people have only added to the success of this franchise. Also need to mention that even though his role was also brief, one of the better actors of our day, Christoph Waltz commanded the screen while he was on. Last but not least, Mr. Craig is as I said, one of the best to ever do it. He will be missed as James Bond.

    BEST SELLERS – Trailer

    By | October 8, 2021

    Here is the trailer from the upcoming film #BestSellers “BEST SELLERS.” The film is directed by Lina Roessler (Little Whispers: The Vow, Mustard Seed), starring Sir Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, The Prestige), Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed, “Parks and Rec”), Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, “GLOW”), Scott Speedman (Underworld, The Strangers), Cary Elwes (“Stranger Things”, The Princess Bride).

    Lucy Standbridge (Aubrey Plaza) has inherited her father’s publishing house, and the ambitious would-be editor has nearly sunk it with failing titles. She discovers she is owed a book by Harris Shaw (Michael Caine), a reclusive, cantankerous, booze-addled author who originally put the company on the map decades earlier. In a last-ditch effort to save the company, Lucy and Harris release his new book and embark on a book tour from hell that changes them both in ways they didn’t expect.

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    RED ROCKET – Trailer

    By | October 7, 2021

    Here is the trailer from the upcoming film #RedRocket “RED ROCKET.” The film is directed by Sean Baker, starring Simon Rex, Suzanna Son, Bree Elrod, Brenda Deiss, Ethan Darbone, Brittney Rodriguez, Judy Hill.

    The audacious new film from writer-director Sean Baker (The Florida Project, Tangerine), starring Simon Rex in a magnetic, live-wire performance, Red Rocket is a darkly funny and humane portrait of a uniquely American hustler and a hometown that barely tolerates him.

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    CYRANO – Trailer

    By | October 7, 2021

    Here is the trailer from the upcoming film #Cyrano “CYRANO.” The film is directed by Joe Wright, starring Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn.

    Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops moviegoers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in Cyrano, re-imagining the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (played by Peter Dinklage) dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her — and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.).

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