Disney Home Entertainment has something new for everyone for Holiday Gift Giving. Read more
You’ve seen him in Bridge To Terabithia, Zathura and the Journey to the Center of the Earth-– now you get to see Josh Hutcherson brave crazy creatures, terrible tornadoes and volatile volcanoes in this new theatrical adventure, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
In this new adventurous romp through the legendary mysterious island, Josh reprises his role as Sean Anderson, who goes to the aide of his grandfather (Michael Caine) after he receives a distress signal. This island is filled with strange life forms, a mountain of gold, volcanoes and a few other secrets hidden carefully beneath the surface. Read more
BURBANK, Calif.,The Help, the inspirational summer hit film people can’t stop talking about, arrives in homes just in time for the holidays, delivering this powerful story on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand, December 6, 2011.
The #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the compelling performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast including Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard. The Help is a courageous and empowering story about very different and extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project. Read more
Los Angeles, CA, September 8, 2011 – After an overwhelmingly positive response, which included strong ratings and online traffic, to the first-ever LIVE “Deadliest Warrior” special event in August, Spike TV’s hit series, “Deadliest Warrior” is upping the ante to cap off a groundbreaking third season with an even bigger, supersized, 2.5 hour LIVE finale event (#dwlive).
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and a surprise special guest join hosts Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Geoff Desmoulin and Dr. Armand Dorian to discuss and analyze the episode and results, answer fan Facebook (via the “Deadliest Warrior” wall) and Twitter questions in real time (@Warriors_Den), reveal never-before-seen footage, including a special visit to the ER to see a day in the life of Dr. Dorian and make an exclusive announcement “Deadliest Warrior” fans won’t want to miss. In addition, Spike TV is partnering with cutting edge audience participation company Loyalize to debut the simultaneous, live broadcast of real-time viewer engagement and polling results from fans voting on dwlive.spike.com. Read more
Check out some great upcoming Disney DVD releases coming soon. Read more
Universal City, California (July 26 2011)—Spectacular street chases and pulse-pounding physical action are set against the mesmerizing beauty of Rio de Janeiro’s exotic thoroughfares in Fast Five, the most successful installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the phenomenally successful franchise built on speed plus action superstar Dwayne Johnson (Faster) in the all-new action caper available October 4, 2011 on Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo Packs, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand.
Available for a limited time only, the Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo Packs bring the full-throttle excitement of the ultimate Fast Five experience to the screen with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available on Blu-ray™, as well as an extended edition of the film with even more explosive action, exclusive bonus features, a DVD to enjoy in the car or on the go, and a Digital Copy of the film that can be downloaded and viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere including laptops, tablets, and smartphones as well as Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray™ set top boxes. Debuting on the Fast Five Blu-ray™ is Universal’s Second Screen, an all-new app for tablets and computers that provides an innovative and interactive viewing experience. To preview Universal’s all-new Second Screen for Fast Five visit http://preview.tinyurl.com/UniSecondScreenF5preview. Read more
Let’s get some more festival madness out of the way, shall we? Starting with Southampton’s Escape 2 New York coming up this weekend. Another brain-child from the creator of The Secret Garden Party UK, Freddy Fellowes, Escape touts itself as being not your average music festival. It seems up to the boast with a pretty solid line-up of musical acts as well as some out of the ordinary tricks hidden up it’s fancy sleeve: everything from massive brunches to cool art installations. Read on for more info …
English rockers The Wave Pictures and Moshi Moshi Records will release “In Her Kitchen”, the latest single off their recently released album Beer In The Breakers (May 2011) on August 22nd. “In Her Kitchen” is one of the oldest songs in the Wymeswold trio’s catalogue. To promote the single, The Wave Pictures have also planned an August trip to the United States to play shows in New York and Philadelphia. Dates below …
Farewell, Cheerio and Ciao Harry Potter I hate to see you go. Over the past ten years we became accustomed to seeing movies about this engrossing young boy turning into a teen and finally a young man. Harry is no ordinary person, he’s the kind of kid you root for, support and befriend. Slyly written the character found his way into many hearts and now he has vanished. Except for his past exploits in books and on DVD, there’s nothing much more to look forward with the culmination of the last film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. Kind of a bummer, don’t you think?
When Harry first came into our lives he’s this pre-teenage orphan who we find living with his Uncle, a muggle (ordinary human). But Harry we find out is the son of powerful wizards James and Lilly who challenged the dangerous wizard Lord Voldemort and died doing it. But we don’t remember Harry for all that messy past; it’s the future that counts.
And what a life he has had going to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, making friends with Hermione and Ron, playing quidditch, learning to cast spells with his wand, playing detective sneaking around the school with his invisibility cloak while evading the strange professor Severus Snape, doing the bidding of his school master Albus Dumbledore, traipsing off to his half-giant friend Hagrid and fending off Voldemort with the Philosopher’s Stone.
Moving through his second, third, fourth years at Hogwarts Harry delves into the Chamber of Secrets fighting off a ferocious monster, trying to save his uncle Sirius Black, enters the dangerous Triwizard Tournament nearly dieing in the process, all including skirmishes with his arch nemesis Voldemort.
Duri ng his fifth and sixth year at Hogwarts Harry gets involved in the secret order of the Phoenix and starts to form loyalties with several members all of which despise Voldemort and gets involved in teaching a special underground class of Defense Against the Dark Arts. Harry takes the NEWT test and later finds a letter in a book written by the Half-Blood Prince and he arms himself with new potion formulas and spells. Here he learns about Voldemort’s magical Horcruxes that will be his puzzle to solve in order to have a final showdown with him.
The last events of his life culminate following Harry’s resignation from school and the last stand with Voldemort at the Deathly Hallows.
Wow, what a ‘magical’ life Harry has had and one that won’t be easily forgotten. His trek was something all filmmakers won’t forget either as during the nearly 10 years the films developed into a great adventure with battles that are amazing through the progression of Computer Generated Images (CGI). As new computers got faster, held more memory, improved the technology, and bigger programs allowed quicker animation making the monsters increasing believable, fighting between Harry and Voldemort became more realistic and magical trickery astonishing.
Thank you Harry and the many filmmakers should thank you for becoming the most Magical series ever made. I know I will miss seeing you up on the big screen, but still have your past on my DVD shelf.
ELIZABETH BANKS TO STAR IN LIONSGATE’S WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
Film To Be Released Mother’s Day Weekend 2012
July 11, 2011 – Lionsgate and the producers of the film adaptation of the worldwide bestselling book “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Banks (THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, W., THE NEXT THREE DAYS, “30 Rock” and Lionsgate’s upcoming THE HUNGER GAMES) has been cast to star with Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker and Anna Kendrick in the film, which is expected to begin shooting mid-Summer 2011, and will be in theaters everywhere on May 11, 2012.
Banks’ character is baby-crazy- the author of a children’s book about breast feeding and owner of The Breast Choice boutique, she is militant in her beliefs about what makes a good mother until she gets pregnant for the first time.
Kirk Jones (WAKING NED DEVINE, NANNY MCPHEE) is directing the film, which was acquired from a script by Heather Hach and re-written by Shauna Cross (WHIP IT). The film is based on the book by Heidi Murkoff that has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 500 weeks. Lionsgate has worldwide rights to the film.
Banks is represented by Alissa Vradenburg of Untitled Entertainment for management, United Talent Agency, and law firm Ziffren Brittenham LLP, who negotiated the deal on her behalf.
Robert Melnik, EVP Business & Legal Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate. Alli Shearmur, President of Motion Picture Production and Development, and Jim Miller, SVP Motion Picture Production and Development are overseeing the production for Lionsgate.
Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and David Thwaites are producing, with Doug McKay co-producing, through their Phoenix Pictures. Heidi and Erik Murkoff will executive produce along with their literary manager Alan Nevins of Renaissance Literary & Talent.
About the film
Based on the 16 million copy best-selling book, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is an ensemble romantic-comedy is in the vein of LOVE ACTUALLY and VALENTINE’S DAY. The film is a modern look at love through the eyes of four interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected.
NEW ‘RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES’ iPhone / iPad APP ASKS:
ARE YOU SMARTER THAN AN…APE?
LOS ANGELES, (July 6, 2011) – 20TH Century Fox have released a new app for the iPhone and iPad that poses an intriguing question: are you smarter than an ape? The app is based on an actual intelligence test done at Kyoto University (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/071203-AP-chimp-memory.html), and parallels the central storyline of the new studio’s upcoming film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in which a scientist’s tampering with the laws of nature leads to the development of superior intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
The test is as simple as it is revealing: the numbers 1-9 appear on the screen in random positions, and then are quickly covered. You must remember their positions, and then touch the squares in numeric order, in order to pass to the next round. A number is added for each round, so after several rounds recreating their proper positions becomes quite a challenge – for humans, that is. Studies show that young chimps outperform adult humans in this memory test. “We were very surprised to find this,” Tetsuro Matsuzawa of the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University said. “But it’s a very concrete, simple fact. Young chimps are superior to human adults in a memory task.”
To play the app, you must first select one of three skill levels – “Easy,” “Hard,” and “Ape” – which determine how long the numbers are displayed. The most difficult level, “Ape” mimics the speed a typical primate can accomplish the task.
In addition to the game, the app offers access to the latest content about “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” including the theatrical trailer, movie tickets (when available), and the “Apes Will Rise” YouTube channel. You can also learn more about the history of the tests that measured apes’ surprising intelligence.
The app will be available for free download on iTunes beginning Thursday July 7th, 2011. For more information about the app visit http://www.apeswillrise.com/app/
Twentieth Century Fox releases “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” in theaters everywhere on August 5.
About Fox Filmed Entertainment
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox International Productions.
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY IS UNTOUCHABLE
TWC Acquires All Rights For North America, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa And China, Plus Pan-Asian Satellite TV Distribution, And Remake Rights
New York, NY, July 8, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired from Gaumont all rights to UNTOUCHABLE, the French language film produced by Quad Films. The deal covers all rights in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa, China and distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite TV. TWC also has remake rights, to co-finance and co-produce an English language remake with Gaumont and the film’s original producers Quad Films. The announcement was made by TWC’s Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Peter Lawson.
UNTOUCHABLE is directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, and written by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. It stars acclaimed actor François Cluzet (IN THE BEGINNING, TELL NO ONE) and Omar Sy (THOSE HAPPY DAYS). A 2012 US theatrical release is expected.
Based on a true story, UNTOUCHABLE follows the unlikely friendship between wealthy paraplegic Philippe (Cluzet) and Driss (Sy), a guy from the street. When Philippe appoints Driss as his right-hand aide, he counts on Driss’ pitiless, strong-arm approach to keep their relationship functional and straightforward. What neither expects is the friendship that develops between the two men. Inspiring, heartbreaking and outright hilarious at points, UNTOUCHABLE follows their journey of self discovery, as both men uncover aspects of themselves that they never would have believed existed.
Said Toledano and Nakache “We are extremely proud to entrust our film with Harvey Weinstein and his dream team and look forward to presenting our untouchable and unexpected buddy duet to the world.”
Said Cecile Gaget, Gaumont Head of International Sales, “We are very thrilled to have UNTOUCHABLE released by The Weinstein Company, who will be able to do a great campaign and bring this amazing emotional movie to a wide audience.”
Said Lawson, “UNTOUCHABLE is a breathtakingly moving piece of filmmaking with performances that speak straight to the heart. Acquiring this film was an opportunity we did not want to miss — and we spent the holiday weekend making sure that we didn’t!”
Said Harvey Weinstein, TWC Co-Chairman, “Occasionally, you find a story that translates universally, and UNTOUCHABLE is a perfect example. We look forward to bringing this beautiful and entertaining film to a worldwide audience.”
The deal was negotiated for TWC by COO David Glasser and Lawson; and for Gaumont by Gaget.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes, including Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, winner of four 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE, THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; and SCRE4M. Upcoming releases include SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D, APOLLO 18, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, THE DETAILS and MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. Recently wrapping is COGAN’S TRADE.
Critically acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Paul Dempsey (of alt-rock band Something For Kate fame) released his US solo debut Everything Is True (Missing Piece Records) yesterday. The album, which has already received loud praise from Rolling Stone Australia (4 out of 5 stars) and saw itself smartly named iTunes Australia’s Album of the Year (2009), is currently streaming in it’s entirety at AOL Spinner free for one full week. To top off his generosity, Dempsey is also making a track off the album available for download. Read on for upcoming US tour dates and more …
The Village Voice just announced the addition of the 4Knots Indoor Lounge during the 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16. The lounge, located at 210 Front Street, will be open from 2pm until 12am with free admission, 21+ only. DJ Sets will take place all day from: Yeasayer, Dan Deacon, Finger on the Pulse, PUNCHES, Brahms, and others TBD. Drink specials from Sailor Jerry and Bud Light will be available along with a PopChips photo booth, and much more. Read on …
London-based chamber pop band The Irrepressibles are finally ready to unleash their critically acclaimed debut album Mirror Mirror on us Yanks. Fans in their homeland across the pond have had an entire year since January 2010’s UK release of the album to enjoy the visionary sound of creative director/composer/lead vocalist Jamie McDermott’s ten-piece performance orchestra. Now it’s our turn, and as a taste of what’s to come we’ve got a sweet mp3 download of the track “Forget the Past” all ready for your clicking finger. Clickety click …