‘Movies’

FIRST LOOK AT STEVEN SPIELBERG’S WEST SIDE STORY REVEALED

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

The first look at Academy Award®-winner Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY has been revealed. An adaptation of the original Broadway musical, WEST SIDE STORY explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York. The film is now in production for Twentieth Century Fox.



The cast also includes Ariana DeBose (Anita); Ana Isabelle (Rosalia); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Curtiss Cook (Abe) and Academy Award®-winner Rita Moreno, who plays Valentina and also serves as one of the film’s Executive Producers.

Other previously-announced cast includes:

SHARKS
• David Aviles Morales
• Yesenia Ayala
• María Alejandra Castillo
• Annelise Cepero
• Andrei Chagas
• Jeanette Delgado
• Kelvin Delgado
• Gaby Diaz
• Yurel Echezarreta
• Adriel Flete
• Carlos E. Gonzalez
• David Guzman
• Jacob Guzman
• Ana Isabelle
• Melody Martí
• Ilda Mason
• Juliette Feliciano Ortiz
• Edriz E. Rosa Pérez
• Maria Alexis Rodriguez
• Gabriela Soto
• Ricky Ubeda
• Tanairi Vazquez
• Jamila Velazquez
• Isabella Ward

JETS
• Brianna Abruzzo
• Kyle Allen
• Kyle Coffman
• Harrison Coll
• Kevin Csolak
• Kellie Drobnick
• Julian Elia
• Myles Erlick
• Leigh-Ann Esty
• Sara Esty
• John Michael Fiumara
• Paloma Garcia-Lee
• Garett Hawe
• Eloise Kropp
• Lauren Leach
• Jess LeProtto
• Skye Mattox
• Adriana Pierce
• Brittany Pollack
• Daniel Patrick Russell
• Talia Ryder
• Jonalyn Saxer
• Halli Toland
• Maddie Ziegler

WEST SIDE STORY is produced and directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. The film has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway musical, which was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Tony Award®-winner Justin Peck will choreograph the musical numbers in the film. Also leading the production are Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum and Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger.

The film’s music team includes renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who will helm the recording of Bernstein’s iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia) who will be arranging the score for the new adaptation; Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Broadway’s Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie), who will be working with the cast on vocals; and Grammy®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast, Chicago), who will serve as executive music producer for the film.

WEST SIDE STORY will be released by The Walt Disney Studios in the US on December 18, 2020.

Wonderfilm is Heading to Amityville with Casey La Scala at the Helm

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The Wonderfilm Media Corporation announced today that it has green lit the horror film “Amityville 1974” to begin principal photography in November of this year.

The film is based on the real life tragedy that spawned THE AMITYVILLE HORROR novel and subsequent films when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family on a fateful November night. This tragedy was seared into the minds of the public consciousness by writer Jay Anson, whose book “The Amityville Horror” recounted the terror experienced by a family moving into the house in 1975 but fleeing after 28 days driven out by hostile supernatural forces. Wonderfilm’s Amityville 1974 will tell the story of the DeFeo’s horrifying murderous rampage.

Casey La Scala (Donnie Darko, The Remaining) will direct from a script he wrote. Jeff Bowler and Shaun Redick (Get Out/ Blackkklansman) will produce for Wonderfilm. Todd Garner(Tag/Mortal Kombat) will also produce. Bret Saxon and Yvette Yates will Executive Produce.

Wonderfilm’s sister company, Wonderfilm Global, will launch worldwide sales at TIFF, while currently negotiating with domestic theatrical distributors. Wonderfilm is fully financing the picture.

“We are beyond thrilled to introduce Amityville 1974. Casey has a truly unique and terrifying vision for the fright franchise and audiences will experience horror like never before with this film,” said Jeff Bowler, founding partner of Wonderfilm Media.

“This is a story that takes its jumping off point from the true facts surrounding the Defeo tragedy, but also focuses on the human drama that took place inside a family as they were relentlessly stalked by a terrifying evil .” said Casey La Scala

La Scala adapted and will produce the inspirational book “Fly a Little Higher” for Warner Brothers Studios which goes into production this year with Justin Baldoni(five feet apart) directing.

La Scala is repped by Paradigm and Ziffren, Brittenham.

BLUE SKY STUDIOS AND FOX MUSIC ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION WITH ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING SONGWRITER MARK RONSON FOR THE ANIMATED ACTION-COMEDY “SPIES IN DISGUISE,” OPENING CHRISTMAS DAY

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Blue Sky Studios and Fox Music announce a collaboration with Academy Award®-winning, multi-Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson, who has signed on as Executive Music Producer for the animated action-comedy “Spies in Disguise.”

“Spies in Disguise” stars Will Smith, Tom Holland, Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled and Masi Oka. The Fox Animation-Blue Sky Studios-Chernin Entertainment production is directed by Troy Quane and Nick Bruno. Walt Disney Studios will release the film on Christmas Day. The film soundtrack will be released by Ronson’s Zelig Records, a joint venture with Sony Music.

In making the announcement Danielle Diego, Head of Fox Music, said, “We are so excited to be with working with Mark, one of the most innovative writer/producers of our time who is constantly breaking new ground. His unique blend of vintage soul and funk exceptionally captures the soul of our film.”

Added directors Quane and Bruno, “Having the immensely talented Mark Ronson on board as Executive Music Producer for ‘Spies in Disguise’ is hugely exciting for all of us who are working on the film.”

Diego and Quane announced the collaboration at the 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Market and Festival taking place at L’Impérial Palace in Annecy, France, where they presented a Masterclass.

Ronson is an internationally renowned DJ and Academy Award®-winning, seven-time-Grammy-Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning artist and producer.

His career highlights include: work ing on a multi Grammy-winning album by Amy Winehouse; his own Grammy-winning, global smash hit with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”; releasing four successful albums under his own name; helming Lady Gaga’s acclaimed fifth album, Joanne and Queens of The Stone Age’s lauded “Villains”; his string of singles with Diplo under the name Silk City, including the current worldwide hit “Electricity” with Dua Lipa, which earned him a Grammy Award for “Best Dance Recording” in 2019; and co-writing the song “Shallow,” recorded by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper for the movie “A Star Is Born,” for which he earned an Academy Award® for “Best Original Song,” a Golden Globe Award for “Best Song Written for a Motion Picture,” a Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for Visual Media,” and a Grammy nomination for “Song of the Year.”

His upcoming fifth studio album “Late Night Feelings” will be released June 21.

Diego, Head of Fox Music, oversees music for films across all Fox Film Divisions, including 20th Century Fox Film, Fox Searchlight and Fox Animation. Her animated film highlights include the ‘Ice Age’ series, “The Peanuts Movie,” “Garfield” 1 & 2 and “Rio” 1&2, as well as such non-animated hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Life of Pi” and “The Shape of Water.”

Quane and Bruno are making their feature directorial debuts with “Spies in Disguise.” Prior to this, Quane served as a storyboard artist on such films as “Ferdinand,” “Ice Age: Collision Course,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Arthur Christmas” and “Enchanted.” Bruno previously served as supervising animator on “The Peanuts Movie” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” as senior animator on “Rio” and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” and as animator on “Ice Age: Collision Course,” “Rio 2,” “Epic” and “Ice Age: The Meltdown.”

OSCILLOSCOPE FILMS & METROGRAPH PICTURES JOIN OVID.TV, THE REVOLUTIONARY INDIE STREAMING PLATFORM

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

OVID.tv announced today that it will be adding films from two additional distribution companies to its growing library of documentary and social issue films, and arthouse feature films (now approaching 450 titles).

The new films will be coming from OSCILLOSCOPE PICTURES, a NYC-based distributor of unique, independently produced films, and METROGRAPH PICTURES, which was recently launched by the NYC art-house theater and focuses on “standout new releases and restored classics.” Now there are ten distributors contributing content on OVID.tv.

On Friday, June 21, four timely, prestigious and well-received films released by OSCILLOSCOPE PICTURES will be added to OVID.tv: AFTER TILLER, THE KILL TEAM, WHAT OUR FATHERS DID, and IF A TREE FALLS (details below). Following this, the first title from METROGRAPH PICTURES will be PRAIRIE TRILOGY, which will be released in July.

COMING IN JULY: OUR NEXT PARTNER, KARTEMQUIN, ADDS A DOZEN OF THEIR MOST NOTEWORTHY FILMS.

OVID.tv is currently available on Apple TV, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Android devices. After a free introductory 7-day trial, customers in the U.S. and soon in Canada (fall 2019) are able to access OVID for $6.99 per month, or $69.99 annually.

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE” OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION FOR ANNECY

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for the animated feature MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE, the new film from director Anca Damian, whose earlier film Crulic: The Path to Beyond, won Annecy’s Cristal Prize for Best Feature in 2012. MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE premieres in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival today. The North American all-rights deal was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO Eric Beckman andCarole Baraton for Charades. Rights are being sold worldwide by Charades.

“We have been excited about this film since we saw the first images several years ago,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “The film combines a unique and wildly inventive visual style with a universal story that goes straight to the heart for anyone who has been lucky enough to spend time with a dog. We are sure audiences are going to fall in love with the film as much as we have.”

“The Charades team is very proud that GKIDS fell under the spell of this very special movie,” said Carole Baraton, co-founder of Charades. “We are sure they will provide the exposure it deserves in the US market. After partnering on Mirai last year, we are super excited to embark again on this new adventure with them.”

SYNOPSIS
Marona is a mixed-breed Labrador whose life leaves deep traces among the humans she encounters. After an accident, she reflects on all the homes and different experiences she’s had. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives, in this beautiful and deeply emotional story of an average dog and her extraordinary life.

GIANT PICTURES ACQUIRES AWARD-WINNING SUPERNATURAL COMEDY ‘GHOST LIGHT’

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Giant Pictures, the digital film distribution division of Giant Interactive, has acquired North American digital rights for Ghost Light, a supernatural comedy with a horrifying twist. Directed by John Stimpson and conceived, written, and produced by Stimpson (The Legend of Lucy Keyes, A Christmas Kiss, The Wrong Car) and Geoffrey Taylor (Tempest, Moscow on the Hudson, Down and Out in Beverly Hills), under Stimpson’s H9 production banner. Ghost Light is the tale of a disgruntled actor who disregards the superstition surrounding Shakespeare’s Macbeth and unwittingly unleashes the play’s legendary curse on the troupe, with tragic consequences.

Giant Pictures will release Ghost Light on June 18, 2019 on all digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Movies on Demand through local cable providers, plus DVD nationwide. The film will be presented in 4k HDR where available. Pre-orders are available on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/ghost-light/id1462841145

COLD BLOOD – Trailer

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “COLD BLOOD” Directed by Frédéric Petitjean. The film stars Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional), Sarah Lind (A Simple Curve), Joe Anderson (Twilight), David Gyasi (Interstellar), François Guétary (“Lost”), Samantha Bond (“Downton Abbey”).

In Theaters and On Demand July 5th

Cold Blood is the story of Henry (Jean Reno), a legendary hitman enjoying the isolation of his lakeside cabin deep within the vast wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. When the solitude of his well-earned retirement is shattered by the arrival of a young woman (Sarah Lind), the survivor of a dramatic snowmobile accident, Henry must decide whether to risk his own life to save hers.

Cinedigm Acquires The Asylum’s World War II Film Starring Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture D-DAY

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today, the 75th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings, that it has acquired all North American distribution rights to the Asylum’s WWII film, D-DAY, starring Chuck Liddell (Former UFC Champion & Hall of Famer, Kick-Ass 2, Altitude), Randy Couture (Former UFC Champion & Hall of Famer, The Expendables 2 & 3), Weston Cage Coppola (211, Circus Kane), and Jesse Kove (On Wings of Eagles). Cinedigm will release the picture in select theaters, on demand and digitally on September 13, with a DVD release to follow later in the year.

Written by Geoff Meed and directed by Nick Lyon, D-DAY is based on the incredible true story of the elite Army Rangers of the 2nd Battalion.

As thousands of Allied soldiers storm the beaches of Normandy in an attempt to change the course of WWII, Lt. Colonel James Rudder (Cage Coppola), Lt. General Omar Bradley (Liddell), and Major Cleveland Lytle (Couture) lead the 2nd Battalion behind enemy lines and into a firefight against an enemy that greatly outnumbers them. Scaling a one-hundred-foot cliff, these heroic rangers battle to secure a strategic position and destroy a battery of German-seized cannons.

“The Asylum has delivered a dramatic, action-packed WWII movie anchored by a strong leading performance from Weston Cage Coppola, “said Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm’s Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions. “With the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year, the film conveys the hardship and sacrifice of battle and pays tribute to the brave soldiers who endured so much to achieve this pivotal victory for us.”

“We have a long track record of success with Cinedigm,” said The Asylum COO, Paul Bales. “With a smart, collaborative and experienced team in place, they really understand the evolving marketplace for independent movies, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them on D-DAY.”

The film was produced by David Michael Latt (Z NATION) and Executive Producer is David Rimawi (BLACK SUMMER).

The deal was negotiated by Melody Fowler, Vice-President of Acquisitions, on behalf of Cinedigm, with Kendall Anlian, VP of Worldwide Sales, on behalf of the Asylum.

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ADVANCE SCREENINGS NATIONWIDE OF THE GRIPPING NEW DOCUMENTARY “MAIDEN”

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Sony Pictures Classics announced today they will host one night advance screenings of the acclaimed female empowerment documentary MAIDEN on Monday, June 24th in theaters across the country. The film will screen in the top 50 major markets and will include a recorded Q&A with subject Tracy Edwards. The film will be released in theaters on Friday, June 28th.

The gripping and inspirational story of the first all female crew to enter an around the world yacht race has been playing to standing ovations around the world. After it’s triumphant premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film went on to win over audiences at the Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca Film Festivals. Edwards “leaned in” before there was a Lean In movement.

MAIDEN (the film) has partnered with influential female groups including the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and Girl Scouts of LA, The Jane Club, and The Women’s Image Network to present Edwards inspirational story to audiences of all ages.

Maiden is currently docked in New Zealand and will embark on June 9th for Hawaii before heading to the West Coast of the States.

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE – Trailer

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Here is the poster from the upcoming film “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE” The film is directed by Stephen Merchant, starring Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta.

Terminator: Dark Fate will open in theaters November 1, 2019