“The BFG” comes to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere December 6

September 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Animation, Everything Else

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Press Release:

STEVEN SPIELBERG’S IMAGINATION AND DISNEY MAGIC COME TOGETHER TO BRING ROALD DAHL’S BELOVED CLASSIC TO LIFE

“The BFG” comes to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere Dec. 6

This magical tale of an extraordinary friendship loaded with exciting extras will brighten the holidays for the whole family!

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016 — This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The BFG,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a dream-collecting Big Friendly Giant. This heartwarming tale for the whole family arrives home for the holidays on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

“The BFG” unites the talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – to bring to life the classic tale of a courageous little girl named Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and a gentle and charming Big Friendly Giant (Oscar®-winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Spielberg employs a new, hybrid style of filmmaking blending live-action and performance-capture techniques, resulting in genuine, heartfelt performances and super-photorealistic animation.

Families and fans will be swept away by this spectacular adventure and delight in extensive bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The BFG” hosted by Ruby Barnhill and featuring Steven Spielberg; a charming, all-new short; a fun and whimsical tutorial on the Big Friendly Giant’s unique language of Gobblefunk; a touching tribute to screenwriter Melissa Mathison (“E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”); and more.

Spielberg’s directorial debut with The Walt Disney Studios was a labor of love, as he’s been a fan of Dahl’s for years. In fact, he read “The BFG” to his own children when they were younger. According to Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship; it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends; and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” “The BFG” is a Golden Phizzwizard* come true for Spielberg, Dahl fans and audiences around the world.

Bonus features include**:

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

  • Bringing “The BFG” to Life – Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of “The BFG.” This behind-the-scenes documentary details the film’s progression through interviews with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, executive producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and numerous members of the talented cast and crew.

  • The Big Friendly Giant and Me – Sophie wasn’t the first “bean” in Giant Country—many illustrations were created as if drawn by a little boy who was there long before Sophie.  This charming, in-world short will bring the drawings to life with animation and narration, recounting the friendship and the dreams shared between the boy and the Big Friendly Giant.
  • Gobblefunk:  The Wonderful Words of The BFG – A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in “The BFG.”
  • Giants 101 – Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Bill Hader (Bloodbottler) introduce us to the loathsome giants in “The BFG,” along with movement choreographer/motion capture performer Terry Notary, who collaborated with the actors and Director Steven Spielberg prior to filming to develop their movements and character traits.
  • Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – An homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of “The BFG” and “E.T.,” whose talent and heart were as immense as the giants in “The BFG.”

DIGITAL/VOD:

  • John Williams: Scoring A Dream – A journey through the film’s concept art and memorable moments, interwoven with the sights and sounds of legendary composer John William’s scoring session.

DVD:

  • Gobblefunk:  The Wonderful Words of The BFG and Melissa Mathison: A Tribute

Disney and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Walden Media, present the fantasy adventure film “The BFG,” the first-ever motion picture adaptation of Roald Dahl’s resonant tale of childhood, the magic of dreams and the extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a big friendly giant. Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, the film reunites the director with his Oscar®-nominated collaborator on “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” Melissa Mathison, who adapted the children’s author’s timeless adventure for the big screen. “The BFG” is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Frank Marshall, p.g.a., and Sam Mercer, p.g.a., with Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Michael Siegel serving as executive producers.

The film stars three-time Tony Award®, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant; newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, the orphan who befriends him and is swept into a world of rampaging giants; Penelope Wilton as The Queen; Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater, the most fearsome giant from Giant Country; Rebecca Hall as Mary, The Queen’s handmaid; Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs, The Queen’s butler; and Bill Hader as Bloodbottler, another unruly giant from Giant Country.

The creative team is comprised of some of Spielberg’s longtime collaborators, including: two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski; two-time Oscar-winning production designer Rick Carter; three time Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn, A.C.E.; and Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston, with legendary five-time Oscar winner John Williams composing his 24th score for a Spielberg-directed film.

Joining them is two-time Oscar® winner Robert Stromberg as production designer and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri from Weta Digital, the visual effects company founded by Peter Jackson, as senior visual effects supervisor.

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs: Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy),

Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and Video On-Demand SD/HD

Feature Run Time: Approximately 117 minutes

Rating: PG in U.S., PG in CE, and G in CF

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / Widescreen 2.39:1

DVD Feature Film = Widescreen 2.39:1

Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio,

Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks,

English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French

DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French

SOCIAL MEDIA:

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Website: Movies.Disney.com/The-BFG

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Website: Instagram.com/BFGmovie

ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA): 

Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it easy to buy Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere. Viewers can enjoy their digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple mobile platforms by simply adding the free DMA app or channel to their devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android mobile phones and tablets, Android TV, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, and Xbox 360, and connecting to their DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and Fios by Verizon. DMA users can explore Disney’s library of over 450 digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, redeem Digital Movie codes found in eligible Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars product, and earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

ABOUT ABMLIN PARTNERS:

Amblin Partners is a content creation company formed by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One (eOne). The company develops and produces films using the Amblin, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant banners and includes Amblin Television, a longtime leader in quality programming.

*A wonderful dream in the BFG’s language of Gobblefunk

**Bonus features may vary by retailer

The Cast of Beauty and the Beast…25 Years Later

September 20, 2016 by  
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Press Release:

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ” returned to Alice Tully Hall this evening, 25 years after it made its much acclaimed debut with a “work in progress’ screening, when Walt Disney Studios and the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented an exclusive screening in celebration of the “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” release [which comes out today].

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Richard White (voice of Gaston), Angela Lansbury (voice of Mrs. Potts), Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle) and Robbie Benson (voice of Beast).

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ABOUT “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”:

Walt Disney Pictures’ magical animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” captures the magical journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, this tale as old as time joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and on Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

For more information, visit www.BeOurGuest.com and connect with us at www.Facebook.com/DisneyBeautyAndTheBeast.

Scene and Reviewed: Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout on DVD July 12, 2016

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Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout DVD Hits the Street on July 12, 2016

Saban’s Power Rangers are back in action with Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand July 12 from Lionsgate.

Your favorite color-coded heroes are back in action! If you’re looking for something fun to watch with the kids (or for your own enjoyment) this summer, then look no further. Here’s what you need to know:

“The Red, Black, Blue, Green, and Pink Rangers must once again rely on each other and their new dino-charged powers as they battle to defend the Earth from the villainous Sledge. This all-new Power Ranger series ranked #1 in its time period across all TV with kids 2-11. The Power Rangers will have to outsmart a puzzling villain, save a prince, and try to defeat Sledge’s monsters. When the evil Fury unleashes the powerful Ptera Zord, only the Power Rangers can regain control with the help of their newest ally–the Gold Ranger! With an ever-growing fan base, Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout will be the biggest, and most shocking, Power Rangers adventure yet, when it arrives on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.98.”

This DVD includes episodes 9-12, which aired in 2015.  These are some of the better episodes from the season, especially with the addition of the Gold Ranger. As far as the Nickelodeon era Power Rangers (Samurai, Super Samurai, Mega Force, Super Mega Force), Dino Charge is one of the better ones, though it still lacks something that hasn’t been around in Power Rangers since the days of Mighty Morphin through Time Force. Though newer Saban series differs slightly from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of the past, but retains its charm and sense of humor, appealing to audiences both young and old.

Episodes:

  • “When Logic Fails”
  • “The Royal Rangers”
  • “Breakout”
  • “Knight After Knights”

Program Information:

Year of Production: 2015

Title of Copyright: 2015 SCG Power Rangers LLC. All Rights Reserved

Type: TV on DVD

Rating: TV-Y7

Genre: Action/Adventure, TV Series, Children, Superhero

Closed-Captioned: English

Subtitles: None

Run Time: 92 Minutes

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby Digital; French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

About Saban Brands:

Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands. SB applies a strategic transmedia management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion, and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives, and specialized property extensions. SB is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in licensing, marketing and finance. For more information, visit sabanbrands.com.

About Lionsgate:

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as THE LINCOLN LAWYER, TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, THE EXPENDABLES, MARGIN CALL, THE LAST EXORCISM and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards. With the January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company now has the two leading young adult franchises — the blockbuster TWILIGHT SAGA, which has grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and the HUNGER GAMES franchise, whose first film will be released on March 23. Recent Summit hits include RED, LETTERS TO JULIET, KNOWING, the STEP UP franchise and the Academy Award winning Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

 

 

Toonseum Looking for Star Trek Original Art

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Press Release:

The Toonseum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, is currently in the process of organizing an exhibit of Star Trek original comic art. Art collectors have been instrumental in the success of prior exhibits at the ToonSeum, including last year’s Avengers: 50 Years of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the current Captain America: 75 Years of the Sentinel of Liberty exhibits, and the hope is that this will again prove true with Star Trek.

The Toonseum is thus reaching out to any collectors who might be willing and kind of enough to loan the Pittsburgh-based museum some amazing Star Trek pages to be placed on display to the public. The exhibit will run from October 28, 2016, until January 15, 2017.

If you think that you would like to loan some Star Trek art and/or have questions about the process, you can e-mail Board Member, Treasurer and Exhibit Curator Anthony Letizia (anthonyletizia@geekpittsburgh.com). Anthony would be happy to answer any questions you might have about transport, insurance, museum security and can provide references from collectors who have loaned the Toonseum art for previous exhibits. You can also check out the museum at the website.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Scene and Reviewed: The Witch

June 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Horror, Movies

The Witch

Remember high school, when we had to read several “classics” of literature? The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, A Tale of Two Cities—you know the ones. These books were classics because they broke new ground, doing things that had not been done before.

God, were they boring! They were books only a professor could love. I was reminded of such books when I watched The Witch, Robert Eggers’s tale of an unlucky girl suspected of witchcraft. Critics have loved the film, giving it 91%, 83 out of 100, 3½ stars, etc. Stephen King tweeted the movie “scared the hell out of” him. It did well at the box office, grossing nearly $40 million on a $1 million budget, but that may be because audiences were expecting The Blair Witch Project redux. I suspect that DVD and Blu-ray sales will be more modest. Film students may study this movie for years to come—it is visually gorgeous and technically advanced—but I doubt it will maintain a larger following.

The movie starts promisingly. Set in New England in 1630, it is the story of a farming family, William and Katherine and their five children. (Other reviews of The Witch call them Puritans, an assumption that may not be true. They are clearly pious, but piety was not limited to any one religious group. Besides, the Great Migration, as it is called, of Puritans to New England began in earnest in 1630, the year this movie was set.) After a tiff with other settlers, William moves his family to the edge of forbidding-looking woods. Immediately, the youngest child, an infant, disappears. The family’s search for the missing boy, and its descent into anger, finger-pointing, and suspicion of demonic involvement, forms the plot for the rest of the film.

So who is the witch of the movie’s title? That would be the oldest daughter, Thomasin. We are never told her age, though she is clearly a teenager. The family first thinks a wolf took the child, but as tensions mount, this becomes a polite fiction. Thomasin was looking after her brother when he vanished, so naturally, she is doing the work of the devil. It isn’t clear what prompted the family to think Thomasin a witch, or why. We tend to imagine people of this era attributing every odd occurrence to dark magic, but surely they had a deeper cosmology than that. Not once does anyone lash out at God for allowing such tragedy, a reaction that seems at least as normal as “because witches.”

Robert Eggers, a former production and costume designer who somehow leapfrogged all other roles to direct The Witch, has been praised for the historical accuracy of the film. A note at the end states that many of the details, including dialogue, come “directly from period journals, diaries, and court records.” No doubt the scenes and wardrobes are spot-on. I wonder also whether Eggers consulted a little book called The New England Primer. Published in 1727, but no doubt circulating in oral form long before, it includes a section called “A Dialogue between Christ, a Youth, and the Devil” whose lines are similar to a prayer uttered several times in the movie: “Oh God my Lord I now begin. Oh help me and I’ll leave my sin,” etc. Whether inspired or made up, it is an excellent detail (you can hear Thomasin reciting it around the 1:55 mark of this trailer).

One thing I could have done without is the decision to have the actors speak in the archaic tongue of the early 1600s. The film is full of “thee” and “thou,” with the occasional “prithee.” One character says, “Speak, if this be pretense,” and other announces, “I’ll to the wood.” Early Modern English, which is what linguists call this time period, can feel like a different language. I had to turn on subtitles to make sure I didn’t miss stuff, a practice I hate. (Diction wasn’t the only reason. Despite setting the volume on my TV at 50, I strained to hear anything softer than a shout.) Many period pieces have not suffered from contemporary speech—Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars without a single “thou”—so I don’t understand Eggers’s compulsion here.

Another thing I struggled to grasp was what constitutes a “witch” in Eggers’s world. Toward the end of the film, Thomasin talks to Black Phillip, the family goat. Goats have long been associated with Satan, so does that mean a witch is someone who can talk to possessed animals? No, because two of the other children claim they’ve heard the goat talk. Thomasin kills her mother, so does that mean a witch is someone who commits murder? No, it was self-defense: her mother attacked her. Thomasin seems uninterested in magic and incurious about dark forces, so it must be that she is a witch because weird things are happening. There is that limited cosmology again. Black Phillip asks Thomasin if she wants to live “deliciously,” and as far as I can tell, this vague invocation is the crux of Eggers’s witchery. What does it mean to live deliciously? Kidnap babies, I guess.

The best horror films rely on suspense, not gore, and in that way, The Witch scores big. As I watched Katherine go insane with grief, Thomasin struggle with guilt, and William become Job-like (in addition to the baby, his crops died, his wife didn’t trust him, and he watched another son die), I thought, all this plus witchcraft? But for a horror story, the evil force needs more definition. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Fred Krueger—these are great horror villains because we can see them, and we know what they’re about. The Blair Witch never appears in person, but we see her stalking the three filmmakers. We hear locals talk about kids being abducted and killed. Then Josh disappears. Problems are clearly supernatural in origin. In The Witch, I never felt that William’s struggles couldn’t be explained by his living arrangements: the American wilderness in the 17th century.

In terms of extras, this Blu-ray is not packed, but it does have a few nice elements. The audio commentary features Eggers alone. I am used to commentaries featuring several cast members in an improvised dialogue, but these quickly wear thin. A director-only commentary can be more focused and insightful, which this one certainly is. There is a short (eight minutes) making-of featurette, The Witch: A Primal Folklore, that should be a bit more in-depth. Much better is the Q&A mixing cast members with a pair of experts, novelist Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places) and historian Richard Trask. The group discusses witchcraft in American history, especially the Salem witch trials, on which Trask has a unique perspective: two of his ancestors were hanged as witches.

Interesting as these features are, I will suggest one that should have been added: digital images of the “period journals, diaries, and court records” that Eggers drew on to make the film. I would have enjoyed seeing how those print sources were transformed into a cinematic narrative.

The Witch is an entertaining and though-provoking film. It works as a historical drama as well as a thriller. I wouldn’t call it scary, and the filmmakers outsmarted themselves in a few places, making an intellectual choice when something simpler would have worked better. Still, it is an important film, one that makes an original and significant contribution to the horror genre.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2015

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: R for Disturbing Violent Content and Graphic Nudity

Genre: Horror, Suspense

Closed Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 92 minutes

BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.66:1)

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (1:66:1)

BD Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD-MA

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video game sand international distribution and sales. The company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange in the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate’s The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. See www.lionsgate.com.

Help Zootopia’s Officer Judy Hopps Solve a Mystery with Facebook Messenger

June 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Animation, Everything Else, Movies

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Press Release:

OFFICER JUDY HOPPS SEEKS YOUR HELP TO SOLVE THE ZOOTOPIA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S NEWEST MYSTERY

Rookie Rabbit Officer Judy Hopps Takes Over Facebook Messenger, June 1-8, to Crack the ZPD’s Latest Case, and “Zootopia” Arrives Home with A Robust Line-up of New Bonus Features on June 7

The innovative creators behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ wildly witty, comedy-adventure “Zootopia” are offering fans of all ages an exciting opportunity to rediscover the stunning animal metropolis and its comedic creatures via a Judy Hopps Facebook Messenger takeover and a robust line-up of extended bonus features included in the in-home release.

Judy Takes Over Facebook Messenger And Seeks  Your Help to Crack Her Next Case, June 1-8, 2016

Rookie Rabbit Officer Judy Hopps is commandeering Facebook Messenger and seeking your help to solve the Zootopia Police Department’s hottest new case. Volunteers are invited to visit the Zootopia Facebook page and click on the Message icon, where they can chat with Judy directly and follow a series of clues to help solve the mystery. This live chat was built through a partnership with imperson, which creates premium conversational bots called Chat Personas that converse in natural language and can be tailored with distinct yet authentic personalities—in this case, the eternally optimistic and determined Judy Hopps.

“Zootopia” Arrives Home with A Robust Line-up of In-Depth Bonus Features, June 7, 2016

“Zootopia” arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand* platforms on June 7, 2016 with thrilling new bonus offerings including candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind “Zootopia,” an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes, and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that reference Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters. The record-breaking animated film for all ages is a must-add to your movie collection!

DC Entertainment Unveils New Logo

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Press Release:

DC Entertainment announced a new identity and logo for its iconic DC brand. The new DC logo is a mark that leverages over 80 years of heritage with an eye toward the future.

“While comics continue to be the heart and soul of DC, the brand has evolved to now stand for powerful storytelling across so many different forms of media. DC is home to the greatest Super Heroes and Super-Villains, and the new logo has the character and strength to stand proudly alongside DC’s iconic symbols,” stated Amit Desai, DC Entertainment Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Franchise Management.

“The launch of the new logo is the perfect tribute to DC’s legacy, exciting future and most importantly, our fans.”

The new logo will debut on the cover of the highly-anticipated DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH SPECIAL #1 comic book written by Geoff Johns releasing May 25 and available in comic book shops and digitally. REBIRTH represents the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the DC Universe, mixing traditional values and a modern aesthetic.

“I’m very proud that REBIRTH will be the first comic book published with the new DC logo.” stated Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer. “To me, REBIRTH and the new DC logo are built on what’s come before while looking to what will come tomorrow. I can’t wait for people to see it on the cover.”

The new DC branding will be introduced immediately on various digital platforms, including DC websites, social media channels, DC All Access webseries, and DC All Access app and will continue to rollout worldwide across all DC content and products. One of the many benefits of the new logo design is its versatility to showcase DC’s iconic and timeless characters and stories across all media. Look for the new logo to come to life at key events in the coming months.

The new identity and logo were developed in partnership with Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy.

Green Room (starring Patrick Stewart) arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 12

May 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Movies

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Press Release:

“Downright Incredible! A bloody and brilliant backwoods standoff.” – Collider

Patrick Stewart Terrifies Audiences in the Gritty and Shocking Nail Biter on Blu-rayTM & DVD July 12 from Lionsgate

SANTA MONICA, CA (May 3, 2016) –  Spike your hair, throw on your combat boots, and get ready to dive into the mosh pit when the brilliantly crafted thriller Green Room hits Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 12 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by A24, and written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (who achieved critical success with Blue Ruin), Green Room is a film that critics are calling “the best screw-tightening siege movie of the year” (Rolling Stone). Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the award-winning film stars Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in a role ”that’s as cool as it is evil” (Bloody Disgusting) and will haunt audiences well past the closing credits. The “delightfully nasty horror chiller” (Chicago Sun-Times) also stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Beyond), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Alia Shawkat (The Final Girls), Joe Cole (Secret in Their Eyes), and Callum Turner (Queen& Country).

After witnessing a shocking crime, a young rock band is unexpectedly thrust into a life-or-death battle to escape the clutches of a diabolical club owner (Stewart) and his ruthless henchmen in this white-knuckle thriller.

The home entertainment release of Green Room contains audio commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The Green Room Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • Audio Commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier
  • “Into the Pit: Making Green Room” Featurette

*Subject to Change

Website: http://greenroom-movie.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenRoomMovie

Twitter: @greenroommovie

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production:  2015

Title Copyright: Green Room © 2015 Green Room Production, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2016 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: R for Strong Brutal Graphic Violence, Gory Images, Language and Some Drug Content.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Closed-Captioned: NA

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Feature Run Time: 95 minutes

Blu-ray Format:  1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master AudioTM

DVD Audio:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me, Divergent and John Wick series, SicarioThe Age of Adaline, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

Scene and Reviewed: Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray Combo Pack

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SPOILERS: I do get into spoiler-territory here, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to skip this part.

I have to say… I have very mixed feelings about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I go way back with Star Wars… all the way back to 1977. Because my cousin wanted to see it, our whole family went to our local theater and saw the original. I was hooked. Naturally, I’ve seen every Star Wars movie since. But… like a lot of fans, I found the prequels a little wanting and felt that they tarnished Star Wars’s reputation. I was eager to see what Director J.J. Abrams and the folks at Disney had cooked up to take the bad taste of the prequels out of our mouths. For months as the trailers rolled out, I crossed my fingers and said, “Let it be good… let it be good… let it be good.” Having seen it, though, I came away disappointed. While I loved the new characters, especially Daisy Ridley’s Rey, I felt like the original characters really got the short end of the stick. All these years later, and either everything is the same or changed for the negative. Han and Leia broken up? Say it ain’t so! Stormtroopers running around…still?! Han back to being a smuggler…. really?! After becoming a military leader? And the movie robs us of the chance to see Han, Leia, and Luke all sharing the screen again.

So as far as the older characters go, I almost wish they had just set it farther into the future and just said the originals died happy deaths. Despite all my misgivings, I am still looking forward to Episode VIII. Hopefully, the next movie will be more about charging forward and less about looking back. I want to see the next chapter of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren, and I want to see Luke Skywalker kick some butt!

Although I did not love the new movie, I still jumped at the chance to receive a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack to review. Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes stuff, it’s packed with goodies!

Arriving early on Digital HD April 1, 2016

Bring it home on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 5, 2016

Including new in-depth bonus offering fans the chance to experience more

BURBANK, Calif. (March 3, 2016)Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2.05 billion worldwide. As announced this morning by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1. It comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5.

Discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with in-depth documentary and bonus material that will take fans on an exciting journey behind the scenes.  Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Bonus features include*:

  • Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary.
  • The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script.
  • Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe.
  • Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
  • Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
  • John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens.
  • ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
  • Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others.
  • Plus Deleted Scenes

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw the eagerly anticipated reteaming of original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, along with Anthony Daniels, the only actor to have been in all seven Star Wars films, and Peter Mayhew. The returning cast was joined by newcomer Daisy Ridley, who beat out fierce competition to take the principal role of Rey; BAFTA Rising Star Award winner John Boyega (Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams) as reluctant stormtrooper Finn; Emmy® nominee Adam Driver (Lincoln, Girls) as the villainous Kylo Ren, and Golden Globe® winner Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Bourne Legacy) as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Lucasfilm president and eight-time Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, along with his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, are the film’s producers.

Having established a musical legacy with his iconic scores for the previous six films in the Star Wars Saga, acclaimed composer John Williams returned to score Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ultimately garnering his 50th Oscar® nomination for it. 

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

FEATURE RUN TIME:                            Approximately 136 min.

RATING:                                                 PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

ASPECT RATIO:                                     Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1

DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1  

AUDIO:                                                   Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1

Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio Language Tracks

LANGUAGES:                                        English, French & Spanish

SUBTITLES:                                            English SDH, French & Spanish

SOCIAL MEDIA:

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ABOUT STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS:

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

ABOUT LUCASFILM LTD.

Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS andINDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):

Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it simple to buy your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere.  With DMA you can explore Disney’s library of over 450 eligible digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, and watch your digital movies from the comfort of the living room or across multiple mobile devices.  Using the free DMA apps and website, you can connect your DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Microsoft Movies and TV and Google Play and unlock access to your eligible movie collections across platforms and devices –  iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV/Airplay, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Microsoft Movies and TV service on Windows and Microsoft Xbox devices, Android mobile and tablet devices and Android TV, Chromecast and the Roku®platform.  In addition, you can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

 

 

 

 

Submissions Wanted for Wonder Woman Art Show

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Hub Comics in Somerville’s Union Square is hosting a Wonder Woman-themed art show this June and is currently soliciting submissions from artists! See below for further details.

Press Release:

With the strength of Demeter, the wisdom of Athena, and the beauty of Aphrodite, she is WONDER WOMAN–and HUB COMICS wants YOU to help celebrate her past, present, and future by contributing to PRINCESS, AMAZON, ICON: A WONDER WOMAN Art Show! We want local artists’ interpretations of DC Comics’ fiercest fighting female: 2-D and 3-D art is eligible; as are all the mash-ups, variations, and reinterpretations you can think of.

The opening reception will be on SATURDAY, JUNE 25th, with the show running through July. If you’re an interested local artist, please send us an email at hubcomics [at] gmail [dot] com with “Wonder Woman art” in the subject line. Please attach a jpeg of your submission, required no later than WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15th. (You will be notified if your piece has been accepted by MONDAY, JUNE 20th. Because of space limitations, we may not be able to accept all submissions.) In your submission email please include your name, title, medium, and size of the piece, as well as pricing information if applicable. All accepted pieces must be ready for hanging/installation and must have that same information (name, title, medium, size, price) on the back.

As we near Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary, help us promote peace, truth, and sisterhood throughout Man’s World with your best homages to comics’ most timeless heroine!

Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
617-718-0987

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