INTRIGO: DEAR AGNES – Release Date

By | April 1, 2020

Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel, Crazy Rich Asians) and Carla Juri star in the mystery thriller Intrigo: Dear Agnes, coming to select theaters (if open) and On Demand May 8 from Lionsgate. Dear Agnes is the second film in the Intrigo trilogy based on best-selling author Håkan Nesser’s novels of the same names. The first film, Death of an Author, which stars Sir Ben Kingsley is available now on digital and On Demand and the third film, Samaria, arrives in September – all directed by Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest).

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
From bestselling author Håkan Nesser and the director of The Girl Who Played with Fire comes this intense thriller about good friends and evil deeds. With the death of her husband, Agnes (Carla Juri, Blade Runner 2049) is desperate for money. Then she runs into her old friend Henny (Gemma Chan, Captain Marvel), who is enraged at her unfaithful spouse, Peter (Jamie Sives, “Chernobyl”). Henny makes Agnes a shocking offer—enough cash to live a better life, if she will murder Peter—leading to an explosive, unforgettable climax.

Impractical Jokers: The Movie – On Digital April 1

By | March 31, 2020

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is bringing the pranks into homes this April Fool’s Day with the early digital release of Impractical Jokers: The Movie on April 1, 2020, only five weeks after its successful theatrical debut. The film, an extension of the wildly successful Impractical Jokers series, was directed by Chris Henchy (Daddy’s Home, “Eastbound & Down”). A truTV original production and produced by Funny Or Die.

“Impractical Jokers raised the stakes bringing their hijinks to the big screen and we couldn’t be more proud of their impressive box office debut,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS, & truTV. “The unwavering support of their fans prove that this comedy franchise continues to provide endless laughs and entertainment that we are pleased to bring into homes.”

“Impractical Jokers first premiered on truTV to much fanfare in December 2011 and quickly became a hit, especially among young adults,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation & Family Marketing. “The power of the loyal fanbase has proven the sky’s the limit for this comedy franchise, and we are eager to bring home the laughter and antics of their first feature film for the whole family to enjoy.”

“For all our wonderful fans who’ve been requesting, we’re happy to announce that Impractical Jokers: The Movie will be available in your homes to watch digitally on April 1st”, said The Tenderloins. “Hoping we can provide some laughs to families and friends at a time when we can all surely use some.”

Impractical Jokers: The Movie stars James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulvano, also known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early nineties. Featuring appearances from Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone, the movie combines the fictional narrative with real life footage of over-the-top punishments and callbacks to classic moments from the series. Once the Impractical Jokers hit the road, they compete in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and find redemption.

Impractical Jokers: The Movie is produced by Gatto, Murray, Quinn, Vulcano, Henchy, and Funny Or Die’s Jim Ziegler and Buddy Enright. Executive producers include Jack Rovner and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell. The Impractical Jokers series has aired eight seasons with over 200 episodes to date and remains a top three original cable comedy series with ratings that continue to grow. New episodes of Impractical Jokers keep truTV in the top 10 ranking among cable networks in primetime.

GRETEL & HANSEL – Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date

By | March 31, 2020

Experience the nightmare behind the fairytale when “Gretel & Hansel” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Directed by Osgood Perkins, the film is a terrifying reimagining of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairytale for a new generation.

From Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s Orion Pictures, the film stars Sophia Lillis (IT, IT: Chapter 2) as Gretel, newcomer Samuel J. Leakey as Hansel and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) as The Witch. “Gretel & Hansel” was directed by Perkins from a screenplay by Rob Hayes. The film was produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger.

Fans can own “Gretel & Hansel” via purchase from digital retailers beginning April 7.

“Gretel & Hansel” Blu-ray and DVD contain the following special feature:

Blu-ray
“Storybook”
DVD
“Storybook”

“INSIDE THE RAIN” TO BE RELEASED DIGITALLY ON TVOD, SVOD AND AVOD IMMEDIATELY AS A RESULT OF THEATER SHUT DOWN

By | March 31, 2020

Act 13 has announced today that it will be bringing the indie film INSIDE THE RAIN to people’s homes via numerous TVOD, AVOD and SVOD platforms on an immediate basis.

Following its exclusive NYC engagement on March 13th – where it grossed the highest per theater average in the US for the weekend – INSIDE THE RAIN was booked in theaters in the top 40 US markets, including AMC Theatres and Regal, just as theaters shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an unusual move, the producers of the film are arranging for viewers to watch their choice of transactional, subscription or free (ad-supported) services commencing as soon as services can ingest the content, expected to be within the coming days. Platforms expected to offer the film include iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft, Prime Video, Pluto TV, Tubi, Crackle, Vudu, Sling TV, Stirr, Xumo and many others.

Aaron Fisher, director, writer and star of INSIDE THE RAIN states, “We have been so touched by the outpouring of people waiting to see this film. What is important to us is that these audiences who have been so eager to watch the film are able to do so – either via transactional, subscription, or free ad-supported platforms.”

The award-winning movie centers on bipolar college student, Ben Glass, (Aaron Fisher) who is expelled from school and determined to prove his innocence with the help of a moonlighting sex worker, he meets Emma Taylor, (Ellen Toland). The film also stars Rosie Perez, Eric Roberts, Catherine Curtin and Paul Schulze. Although INSIDE THE RAIN is a work of fiction, Fisher, who suffers from bipolar disorder, took the last 10 years of his life and infused his own experiences into this 90- minute movie.

INSIDE THE RAIN received excellent critical reviews and is rated 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. “Variety calls “INSIDE THE RAIN” “fresh and audacious,” the New York Times said ‘Inside The Rain’ switches erratically between comedy and drama…the movie’s strange, inconsistent rhythm ultimately works as a reflection of Ben’s manic and depressive states,” and San Francisco Chronicle calls the film an “Assured, offbeat comedy. Aaron Fisher shines both behind and in front of the camera.”

In addition to U.S. streaming, the film will be available to stream internationally in territories includingCanada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Italy, with more territories planned.

Synopsis

College film student Benjamin Glass (played by writer-director Aaron Fisher) has it all: ADHD, OCD, borderline personality. And he’s also bipolar. But Glass is more than his diagnoses – he prefers the term “recklessly extravagant” – and he’s determined to prove his genius. When a misunderstanding threatens to expel him from college, Glass pushes back; he plans on recreating the incident on video with the help of a moonlighting sex worker (Ellen Toland), to clear his name. But how will he raise the money for the film, when his parents dismiss the scheme as another manic episode?

INSIDE THE RAIN is a wincingly funny rom-com-drama, anchored by off- kilter performances by co-stars Fisher and Toland. The colorful ensemble cast includes Rosie Perez as a tough love shrink, Eric Roberts as an unhinged film producer, and Catherine Curtin and Paul Schulze as the long-suffering parents. The ultimate underdog film and proof that if you believe in yourself, anything is possible.

INSIDE THE RAIN is produced by George LaVoo and presented by Act 13 in association with Killer Films. It is executive produced by Christine Vachon, Danny Fisher and Javier Gonzalez. The director of photography is Josh Fisher.

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO ANIMATED FEATURE “LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST”

By | March 28, 2020

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 LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST, a new animated feature from director/screenwriter Takashi Yamazaki (STAND BY ME DORAEMON, DRAGON QUEST: YOUR STORY). The “LUPIN THE 3RD” franchise, from original creator Monkey Punch, began in 1967 and has spanned a variety of manga, TV, game, theme park ride, and musical adaptations, including The Castle of Cagliostro (1979), the feature film debut from the acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. GKIDS will release LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST theatrically in 2020 in both Japanese and an all-new English language dub. The deal for North American rights was negotiated by GKIDS President David Jesteadt and Sam Maseba, Director of Licensing for TMS Entertainment.

“As someone who has been a fan of Lupin III since The Castle of Cagliostro, I was blown away by quality of animation and storytelling in LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “Director Takashi Yamazaki has taken such incredible care and detail in creating Lupin’s first adventure in CG, and I am hopeful that audiences fall in love with the film as much as I have.”

“Lupin III has been stealing hearts of audiences of all ages for over 50 years, and we’re proud to be able to present the latest evolution of the world’s greatest thief,” said TMS Entertainment, Vice President Masami Tokunaga. “We are truly excited to be collaborating with GKIDS to bring this amazing film to our fans in North America.”

SYNOPSIS

The iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made LUPIN THE 3RD one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new.