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Aretha Franklin Film To Be Released Early 2019

NEON has acquired the North American rights to Amazing Grace, the long-awaited Aretha Franklin film which made its World Premiere at DOC NYC and then went on to screen at AFI to a rapturous response. Following its Oscar qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles, NEON is planning an early 2019 theatrical release. The film has already been garnering standing ovations during its New York qualifying run.

Realized by Alan Elliott, the 1972 concert film presents Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, when the legendary queen of soul was 29 years-old and at the peak of her vocal powers.  Elliott produced alongside Joe Boyd, Chiemi Karasawa, Rob Johnson, Sabrina Owens, Tirrell D. Whittley, Jerry Wexler and Joseph Woolf.

Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and personal representative of the Aretha Franklin Estate remarked about the film “Amazing Grace is the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin. This film is authentic and is my aunt to her core. Our family couldn’t be more excited for audiences to experience the genius of her work and spirit through this film.”

Fashion Designers Team Up with ‘On the Basis of Sex’ to Celebrate Equality

Fashion designers and beauty brands have teamed up with Participant Media’s film On the Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer.  The companies, including Diane Von Furstenberg, Clare V., Lingua Franca, Soludos, Catbird, Clé de Peau Beauté, and Dissent Pins, collaborated to design the “All Rise” collection, an exclusive line of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and make-up items inspired by the film and the work of Justice Ginsburg.  A portion of each sale will go to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – a non-profit organization committed to defending civil rights and civil liberties – where Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project.  The collection is available for purchase now at www.allrisenow.com and also online through each company’s website.

Designer Diane von Furstenberg, who designed several items for the line including one of her iconic wrap dresses, said, “We are happy to reissue this geometric print to celebrate the premiere of On the Basis of Sex and Felicity Jones’ portrayal of the incomparable Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

 The “All Rise” collection includes fifteen items:

  • Catbird’s “The Light You Shed” Jewelry Token
  • Clare V.’s “Égalité” Wallet Clutch, Bandana, and Sweatshirt
  • Clé de Peau Beauté’s Lipstick Cashmere in Legend
  • Diane von Furstenberg’s “New Jeanne” Wrap Dress, “Terria” Wrap Jumpsuit, Cuffed V-Neck Shirt, Cuffed Long Sleeve V-neck Shirt, High-Waisted Flared Pant, Scarf, and Scrunchie
  • Dissent Pins’ “Equality” Pin
  • Lingua Franca’s “All Rise” Sweater
  • Soludos’ “All Rise” Sneakers

Saban Films to Release Psychological ‘Thriller NOMIS’ Starring Henry Cavill and Ben Kingsley

Saban Films have acquired U.S. distribution rights to David Raymond’s directorial debut Nomis starring Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Academy Award Winner Ben Kingsley (Gandhi).  Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch), Academy Award Nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Lights”) and Nathan Fillion (“Castle”) also star in the psychological thriller.  Raymond penned the script, and also produced alongside Robert Ogden Barnum, Arise Pictures’ Chris Pettit and Buffalo Gals’ Jeff Beesley, and Rick Dugdale.

Nomis follows Marshall (Cavill), a weathered Lieutenant, and his police force as they investigate a string of female abductions and murders linked to an online predator.  As new leads emerge and the case unravels, Marshall teams with local vigilante (Kingsley) in pursuit of vengeance.

 

Alexandra Shipp and Nicholas Hamilton Star in Scott Peer’s ‘ENDLESS’

Alexandra Shipp (Love, Simon, “X-Men” Franchise) and Nicholas Hamilton (ItCaptain Fantastic) will star in Endless, directed by Scott Speer (Step Up RevolutionMidnight Sun).  Based on a draft written by Rohit Kumar (“13 Reasons Why”), the film will co-star DeRon Horton (“Dear White People,” Roman J. Israel, Esq.).

Joining the cast in supporting roles are Ian Tracey (Man of Steel), Patrick Gilmore (“Travelers”), Zoe Belkin (“The Latest Buzz”), Eddie Ramos (“Incorporated”), Catherine Haggquist (Fifty Shades Freed), BJ Harrison (Tooth Fairy) and Barbara Meier (The Aspern Papers).

Endless follows madly in love 19-year-olds Chris (Hamilton) and Riley (Shipp) who are separated when a fatal accident leaves Chris stranded in limbo between life and death. In agony, Chris watches Riley grieve until they find a way to connect and share exhilarating, deeply emotional moments that transcend life and death. A story of love and loss, both Chris and Riley must ultimately accept the hardest lesson of all – letting go.

Endless currently in production in British Columbia.

Filipino-American Documentary ‘ULAM: Main Dish’ in Theaters Dec 1st

Gunpowder & Sky has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Alexandra Cuerdo-directed documentary feature film ULAM: Main Dish. The film will be released under Gunpowder & Sky’s FilmBuff label in select theaters starting December 1 and will be available later in the month on demand on all major VOD platforms including Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft Movies & TV, PlayStation, Redbox on Demand and VUDU.

Directed and co-produced by first-time filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo, ULAM: Main Dish is the first and only American documentary feature that documents the rise of the Filipino food movement in the U.S., following the chefs crossing over to the center of the American table. The film was produced by Kidlat Entertainment, Cuerdo, John Floresca and Rey Cuerdo.

Subjects include celebrity chef Alvin Cailan, creator of EGGSLUT and THE USUAL, Blue Apron x Bob’s Burgers’ exclusive recipes (featured on Bob’s Burgers episodes earlier this year) and the host of First We Feast’s hit series The Burger Show; chefs Chad and Chase Valencia, co-owners of Food and Wine’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year, LASA; Nicole Ponseca and chef Miguel Trinidad, creators of NYC hotspots MAHARLIKA and JEEPNEY and co-authors of the cookbook I Am A Filipino; chef Charles Olalia of MA’AM SIR and Bon Appetit Top 50 Best New Restaurants’ RICEBAR; chefs Johneric and Christine Concordia of LA favorite THE PARK’S FINEST; chef Romy Dorotan and Amy Besa of Brooklyn’s PURPLE YAM; and LA veteran chef Andre Guerrero of THE OINKSTER, MAXIMILIANO, and THE LITTLE BEAR.

The festival favorite has been playing consistently to sold-out audiences since its world premiere in the Launch section of the San Francisco International Film Festival in April. ULAM: Main Dish had its first preview screening as a special selection by Jonathan Gold for the inaugural Los Angeles Times Food Bowl in 2017, with Gold calling ULAM a “love letter to Filipino cooking in America.”

Check out trailer below.

 

‘Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us’ Coming to Movie Theaters

Pokémon fans are invited to experience the highly anticipated Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us on the big screen, with U.S. screenings on November 24, 26, 28 and December 1, plus additional events in select territories.

Tickets for U.S. screenings of Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us are now available for purchase at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us will be shown in more than 800 movie theaters in the US on November 24 and December 1 at 12:55 p.m. (local time), as well as November 26 and 28 at 7:00 p.m. (local time) through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of participating theater locations, visit the www.FathomAnimation.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us tells a new story of Ash and Pikachu as they team up with diverse characters to face unique challenges and thrilling Pokémon battles in this heartwarming film that illustrates the value of teamwork.

 

Christopher Convery joins the cast of ‘The Boy 2’

STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment announced today that their The Boy 2, introduced for the first time at the AFM, has been sold out for all of international.  Highlights include Entertainment (UK & Ireland), Sun (Spain & LatAm), Lucky Red (Italy), The Searchers (Benelux), Koch (Germany & Austria), MGN (CIS), Vertical (Eastern Europe) and JBG (Australia & New Zealand).

This is follow-up to horror aficionado William Brent Bell’s box office hit The Boy (2016)Many of these distributors enjoyed the success of the first film and are returning to participate in this timely sequel.

Katie Holmes leads the cast as “Liza,” with Christopher Convery to co-star as her son “Jude.”

Written by Stacey Menear, who also penned its predecessor, The Boy 2 will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid, in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee. Principal photography will begin in Victoria, British Columbia on January 14th, 2019.

Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into the estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

Setsuro Wakamatsu’s ‘FUKUSHIMA 50’ to Star Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe

The Kadokawa Corporation announced their latest feature film, Fukushima 50, directed by Setsuro Wakamatsu (The Unbroken, Whiteout). Koichi Sato (Terminal, Whiteout, and Unforgiven) and Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Letters from Iwo Jima, Godzilla, The Last Samurai) headline the cast.

Principal photography will begin at the end of November 2018 in Japan for an anticipated 2020 release.

The film is based on the book ‘On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi’ by Ryusho Kadota and recounts the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake, the tsunami and ensuing meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The film follows the 50 courageous workers – including Shift Supervisor Isaki (Koichi Sato) and Site Superintendent Yoshida (Ken Watanabe) – who risked their lives and stayed at the plant to prevent total destruction of the overheating reactors and minimize devastation.

Fukushima 50, promises to be an action packed, tense survival drama based on ‘an incredible true story’ that will grip and shocks its audience as they journey through incomprehensible nightmare.

 

 

SYNOPSIS

At 2:46 pm on Friday 11 March 2011, the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Japan occurred, the devastating magnitude of the earthquake caused a tsunami which hit theFukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The tsunami damaged the cooling system of the reactors in the power plant, causing Hydrogen gas explosions and a terrifying nuclear meltdown.

Faced with the knowledge that if the plant was abandoned, the nuclear meltdown could affect the lives of 50 million people who lived in a 250km radius of the plant, 50 workers, despite the risk of radiation poisoning and possibly fatal consequences, volunteered to go on a potential suicide mission and returned to a dangerously radioactive nuclear power plant to prevent catastrophe.

At the front-line was Shift Supervisor Isaki (Koichi Sato), who was faced with a series of unforeseen situations and incredibly challenging decisions to try and stabilize the reactors, which were on the verge of tipping out of control. Meanwhile, Site Superintendent Yoshida (Ken Watanabe) had the responsibility of taking charge of the situation and his team, whilst trying to convey the severity of the situation to Headquarters, who didn’t comprehend the scale of destruction. Finally, the Japan Self-Defense Force were sent in and Operation Tomodachi was launched by the U.S Air Force to provide relief to disaster victims.

Greenwich takes the lead on Billy Corben’s ‘Screwball’

 

Greenwich Entertainment and rakontur has announced that Greenwich has acquired U.S. rights to Screwball directed by Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys).  The surreal documentary is a true-crime dramedy investigating Major League Baseball’s infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez.  Greenwich is planning a theatrical release in the spring of 2019 at the start of the new MLB season.

“Billy Corben’s wildly entertaining doc is his latest look at a perverse pursuit of the American Dream,” said Greenwich’s Andy Bohn.  “As Variety noted, Screwball ‘suggests what might result if the Monty Python troupe were given carte blanche to produce an investigative report for 60 Minutes.’”

Corben added, “There’s nothing like seeing a comedy in the theater and sharing the laughter with your fellow filmgoers. It’s been a blast watching film festival audiences react to Screwball and I’m so psyched that Greenwich will bring this experience nationwide.”

30WEST negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with Greenwich Entertainment.

Focus Features will release the documentary ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’ Nov. 30

About Bathtubs Over Broadway

When he started as a comedy writer for the Late Show With David Letterman, Steve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while gathering material for a segment on the show, Steve stumbled onto a few vintage record albums that would change his life forever.

Bizarre cast recordings – marked “internal use only” – revealed full-throated Broadway-style musical shows about some of the most recognizable corporations in America: General Electric, McDonald’s, Ford, DuPont, Xerox. Steve didn’t know much about musical theater, but these recordings delighted him in a way that nothing ever had.

In Bathtubs Over Broadway, filmmaker Dava Whisenant follows Steve Young on his quest to find all he can about this hidden world. While tracking down rare albums, unseen footage, composers and performers, Steve forms unlikely friendships and discovers that this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway.

With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Florence Henderson, Susan Stroman, Jello Biafra and more.  Winner of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director, Bathtubs Over Broadway is produced by Dava Whisenant, Amanda Spain, and Susan Littenberg and written by Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant. David Letterman also serves as executive producer.