The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) has named ‘Moonlight’ the Best Film of 2016.
Writer/director Barry Jenkins’ poetic depiction of a gay black man as a child, teenager and adult earned multiple awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, Best Ensemble, Best Adapted Screenplay and a tie for Best Director with Damien Chazelle of ‘La La Land.’ ‘Moonlight’ was also the runner-up in the categories for Best Supporting Actress (for Naomie Harris), Best Cinematography and the Wyatt Award for the Spirit of the South. [Complete list of winners at end of story.] Read more
Miami, FL. (January, 04, 2017) — Native Miami, Floridian Blake Jenner, who rose to fame for his winning a role as Ryder Lynn in the Fox hit TV series “Glee”, will present his first film Billy Boy as a world premiere at the Miami International Film Festival in March of this year. Jenner wrote the screenplay and produced the film while acting in it as well.Billy Boy is one of 8 films nominated for the Festival’s annual Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award.
Born and raised in Miami with Cuban roots, Jenner honed his skills as a performer as a member of the Miami improv group “Impromedy” and in stage productions at The Roxy Theatre Group in Miami. Once he relocated to LA, Jenner won the second season of the Oxygen reality competition series “The Glee Project” and landed the role of Ryder Lynn, star football player/lead vocalist on the FOX hit series “Glee” from 2012 to 2015.
Jenner’s profile in the independent film world is rising sharply. In 2016, he starred in both Richard Linklater’s comedy Everybody Wants Some!! and Kelly Fremon Craig’s acclaimed The Edge of Seventeen. He will next be seen in the upcoming drama Sidney Hall, which makes its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017. Read more
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hosts Star-Studded Opening Night Event For 31st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival at Hard Rock Live
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (September 26, 2016) – Hard Rock Live, located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will host the 31st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s opening night premiere of Dreamland on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 and a post-screening reception for festival attendees. Joining the festivities are celebrity guests from the film, director Robert Schwartzman, a member of the filmmaking Coppola clan and stars Talia Shire (Rocky, Godfather I, II and III), Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation) and Johnny Simmons (Perks of Being A Wallflower).
Just beyond the Hard Rock Live box office doors, the arena that has played host to millions will become an intimate movie house. Couples, families and friends will enjoy an exclusive soiree where a movie ticket gets you more than a seat in the theater. Following the Dreamlandscreening, movie-goers will come together for a cinematic after-party experience, anchored by the area’s premier destination for fun and entertainment.
“We’re thrilled to return to Hard Rock Live and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino again this year for the opening night of the festival. The venue is tremendous and the projection and sound is unbelievably perfect. Their team has an aptitude for making an opening night stylish and fun that is sheer genius. The night will undeniably be one to remember,” commented Gregory von Hausch, president and CEO of Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Dreamland, a bittersweet comedy mixed with fantasy, humor and music will remind you of the 1967 classic The Graduate. Johnny Simmons stars as an LA musician who is going through a rough patch and dreams of opening a piano bar but, suffers from an extreme case of insufficient funds. Things take an interesting turn when Monty gets the chance to fill in as the pianist in a swanky hotel bar. There, he meets an older, wealthy woman (Amy Landecker) and begins a May-December romance that upends his home life. The film also stars Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel).
The 31st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film premieres over 100 top American Indie and World Cinema features, documentaries and shorts over the 17-day event and rolls out the red carpet for celebrities and filmmaker guests attending the coveted event.
Venue location: Hard Rock Live is located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314.
Ticket Prices: For the film only tickets are $11 general admission, $8 seniors and students and $6 for FLiFF Members. For the Post Premiere Reception tickets are $25 general admission and $20 FLiFF Members. Tickets are available in advance at www.FLiFF.com
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility, further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This 5,500-seat indoor arena has attracted more than 3 million people since its opening in 2005 and has regularly hosted South Florida’s greatest variety of musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and George Lopez; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more. For additional information, please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com or www.myhrl.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 167 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.
About Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing premieres of American Independent and World Cinema films and introducing talent to Broward County as well as through outreach programs throughout Florida. Over the years FLiFF has premiered many films that have become Oscar winners and nominees including: Volver, Black Swan, The Artist and The Great Beauty.
STARRING ACADEMY AWARD® WINNERS SHIRLEY MACLAINE AND JESSICA LANGE
AVAILABLE ON DVD, DIGITAL HD AND ON DEMAND
OCTOBER 4, 2016
Acclaimed director Andy Tennant’s (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) refreshing and hilarious comedy Wild Oats arrives on DVD on October 4, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and on Digital HD and On Demand. The film is set in the golden years of life and featuresAcademy Award® winner Shirley MacLaine (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, In Her Shoes, Terms of Endearment), Academy Award winner Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story,” Grey Gardens, Tootsie), Billy Connelly (Brave, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, Gulliver’s Travels), and Demi Moore (Forsaken, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle).
Eva (MacLaine), a widow and retired history teacher, enjoys a quiet life. Everything changes when she receives a life insurance check accidentally made out for $5,000,000 instead of the expected $50,000. At the not-so-gentle urging her best friend Maddie (Lange), Eva deposits the money and the two friends head to the Canary Islands with every intention of living it up. But their fantasy is short-lived when they discover that they have become media sensations overnight. Fugitives from justice, the two are forced to outwit a trio of conmen, led by the local Wine “warlord”, Carlos (Santiago Segura), outmaneuver a dogged life insurance agent Vespucci (Howard Hesseman) who has teamed up with Eva’s daughter, Crystal (Moore), and outrun the law. What they don’t expect is to be good at it.
WHITE CASTLE® AND TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX OFFER FANS A CHANCE TO BECOME AN X-MEN FOR A DAY
Customers invited to try new X-Men themed spicy menu items and enter sweepstakes to win trip to NYC
COLUMBUS, Ohio – White Castle, America’s first fast food hamburger chain, is partnering with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to host an X-Men themed sweepstakes, timed to Digital HD release of X-Men: Apocalypse on September 9, 2016. One lucky winner will receive a three-night trip for two to New York City and the opportunity to meet with a team of Hollywood special effects artists to transform into his or her favorite X-Men character, including a photo shoot to capture the memorable moment.
“Most people have a favorite super hero. But, what if they had the chance to actually become their favorite super hero for a day? With this fun sweepstakes, they can,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle.. “We encourage all of our Cravers, near and far, to apply.”
Those who purchase a medium or large soft drink in-store, or a specially marked White Castle Slider six-pack in retail locations, will receive a scratch off card for a chance to win a trip for two to New York City to “Be an X-Men for a Day” and thousands of other White Castle and X-Men instant win prizes. The grand prize pack includes a professional photo shoot, airfare and three nights in a Manhattan hotel.
The sweepstakes opened on August 25 and will run until December 31, 2016, or while game pieces last. The grand prizewinner will be selected by January 31, 2017. No purchase is necessary to win. For rules and regulations, please visit www.whitecastlesweeps.com.
In addition to the sweepstakes, White Castle customers and X-Men fans can try a new spicy Slider lineup that includes:
The Ghost Pepper Cheese Slider, an Original Slider with fiery ghost pepper cheese
The X-Treme Ghost Pepper Cheese Slider, an Original Slider with ghost pepper cheese, crispy onion chips and chipotle mayo
The Apocalyptic Waffle Slider, a Belgian Waffle Slider with a fresh-cracked egg, spicy chorizo sausage and ghost pepper cheese
To complement the Sliders, customers can also try the Mutant Loaded Fries – crinkle cut fries topped with onion chips, cheese sauce, barbeque sauce and sprinkled with bacon crumbles.
“You have to be brave to handle ghost pepper, and our new ‘X-Treme’ menu offerings will certainly put our Cravers’ taste buds to the test. They aren’t for the faint of heart,” said Richardson. “We have a feeling the Slider trio and the Mutant Loaded Fries are going to be a hit, and each menu item is designed to bring out everyone’s inner super hero.”
Cravers are encouraged to try the menu items and share their experiences on social media, using the hashtag #HowBraveIsYourCrave. And for a special deal, those who order an X-Men: Apocalypse Crave Case online during the promotion period can receive $5 off, using the promo code XMEN.
Today in London, Gareth Edwards (Director) and Kathleen Kennedy (Producer) kicked off Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive new look at ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. They welcomed surprise special guests from the film: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, John Knoll, Executive Producer and Kiri Hart, Head of Story. The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming film and debuted a brand-new teaser poster.
Check out the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story “Celebration Reel”
Cobb Theatres at the Grove Wesley Chapel, Florida is having a summer program of movie fun for kiddies. Offering Free admission to movies like the resent “Norm of the North”, “Minions”, “The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge out of Water”, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”, and “Smurf’s 2” and many many more all summer long. And there’s some animated kids movies from the past that are up on the big screen for excellent viewing like “Shark Tale”, “Happy Feet”, and “Dr. Seuss: Horton Hears a Who!”
Cobb Grove 16 Theaters is located at 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd, in Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544, (813) 948-5444
Check your local listings or go to the CobbTheatres.com web site for other Cobb Theatres hosting Free Summer Kids Shows
Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico [Emma Roberts], has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger [Dave Franco], the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.
If you haven’t heard the Highest Grossing film in America is now available on Digital HD. You can relive the experience or see it for the first time by digital download from several sights including Amazon bit.ly/deadpoolfunsack
Rejoice GoT fans for season six of Game of Thrones is upon us (April 24), and more news of goodies for fans of the show has surfaced. The most-watched HBO original series and best-selling TV on DVD title for the past five years, is now releasing in collectible Steelbook packaging. Following the release of Steelbook Seasons 1 and 2 this past fall, the collection continues, with seasons 3 and 4 releasing in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set with the revolutionary new audio technology Dolby Atmos. Read more
Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today that director J.J. Abrams’ global blockbusters STAR TREK and STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS will be the studio’s first two titles released on the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format. The releases coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise in 2016. 4K UHD represents the next evolution in home entertainment, offering four times the resolution and more than double the number of colors available with full HD. In addition, these spectacular 4K UHD releases deliver exceptional vibrancy and contrast through High Dynamic Range technology, which reveals hidden details and shades of color that more closely mimic real life.