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Monday, 31 August 2015

The Martial Arts Kid Gets Theatrical Release to Kick It on Both Coasts!

The Martial Arts Kid from producers James Wilson and Cheryl Wheeler and starring martial arts legends Cynthia Rothrock and Don ‘The Dragon Wilson, is a film that aims to tackle the subject of bullying and a responsible training in and use of martial arts. 

Due to the important subject matter and through their many years work in the industry, the team were also able to assemble a dizzying amount of appearances by legendary and acclaimed masters and grandmasters of martial arts.

The film is now getting a theatrical release on both coasts which is great news!
The details are below:
New York
Friday September 18th 
The Anthology Film Archives
Theatre: Maya Deren Theatre (street level)
Address: 32 second ave New York, New York 10003

Sunday September 20th
The Anthology Film Archives
Theatre: Court House Theatre (2nd floor)
Address: 32 second ave New York, New York 10003

Los Angeles
Friday Septemeber 18th
Theatre: The Downtown Independent
Time: 7:30PM SHOWING
Address: 251 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Saturday & Sunday SHOWINGS TBA
Directed by Michael Baumgarten 
Robbie (Jansen Panettiere), an Ohio teen with an attitude, moves in with his Aunt (Cynthia Rothrock) and Uncle (Don “The Dragon” Wilson) in sunny Florida. Robbie soon meets Rina (Kathryn Newton), but her boyfriend, Bo, the town bully (Matthew Ziff), beats Robbie down just for talking to his girl. Bo is a student at Dojo Extreme, a mixed martial art gym run by a fierce coach named Kaine (T.J. Storm) who trains his students that “Mite Makes Right.” This type of training goes against traditional martial art philosophies.
Robbie and Rina are destined to be together, but Robbie must fight to prove himself before that can happen. In this beachside town, Bo & his tough friends run things their way until Robbie learns martial arts, stands up to the bullies, and defends Rina and the citizens of the community.
How the Martial Arts Kid came to be
While in Detroit to film expo footage for Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock, director Michael Baumgarten met martial artist & actor TJ Storm. Michael thought it would be great to work with him on a movie. Around the same time, Don’s brother (James Wilson) told Michael that he wanted him to do a treatment (aka outline) for a martial arts movie with a family film theme and, that he wanted to film it in his and Don’s hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Michael created a detailed 10-page treatment about a teen nephew in crisis, needing a second chance, and having martial arts be the catalyst for a better life.
To get a jump on filming locations, Michael visited Cocoa Beach.
Months later, Michael returned to Cocoa Beach for open casting calls and additional location scouting.
The local turn-out was so amazing that Michael wrote in a scene to showcase two hundred extras in a martial art demonstration as “thanks” for showing up and wanting to be part of the movie.
In LA, casting directors Jerry Wolff and Kristine Nite brought in actor Jansen Panettiere.
Several days before filming it’s revealed that James Wilson’s 45 day Kickstarter campaign went over its $150,000 goal.
After a 2-year journey, the first day of filming The Martial Arts Kid finally arrived.
The Martial Arts Kid was shot in 14 days – with 6 filming days in Florida and 8 filming days in Los Angeles. Once the movie was nearly picture-locked, the editor and the director came up with a list of additional photography and 1 day of pickups was added. The movie was shot on a pair of Canon C300 HD cameras with some GoPro shots added.
Below is the trailer and we strongly urge everyone in either New York or Los Angeles to support this movie!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

ALL NEW Official poster for STONEWALL

Official TIFF Selection in the World Premiere Category. 

STONEWALL will open in theaters in September 25, 2015.

Presented by Roadside Attractions 

Directed by Roland Emmerich 

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King 

STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.

Twitter: @roadsidetweets Official 

They previously released this teaser 1 sheet. I actually prefer it.
What do you think?

The official trailer for YOUTH starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz is HERE!

Directed and Written by Paolo Sorrentino
Produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori 
Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda

From Paolo Sorrentino, the internationally renowned writer and director of Italy’s Oscar-winning foreign language film The Great Beauty, comes YOUTH – a poignant tale of how we each find our own passion in life.
Starring Academy Award winner Michael Caine as Fred and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel as Mick, YOUTH explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement.
While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Academy Award winner Jane Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Paul Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance? Set against a sprawling landscape of unforgettable sights and intoxicating music, YOUTH asks if our most important and life-changing experiences can come at any time – even late – in life.

YOUTH will open in theaters December 4, 2015

For more info: 
Official site: 

Learning to Drive is all about the women!

Now playing in LA & NY 
Opening SF, Boston, Chicago and Phoenix this Friday!

Check out “The Extraordinary Women of LEARNING TO DRIVE”

Follow and tag LEARNING TO DRIVE on social media!

Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life's road blocks.

Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.

About Broad Green Pictures:
Broad Green Pictures (BGP) is a feature film production and distribution company founded by Gabriel and Daniel Hammond in 2014. The new studio provides filmmakers with unparalleled development support, production infrastructure, and marketing resources to execute their vision from script to screen. Through collaborative partnerships with both rising talent and established filmmakers, BGP shares incredible stories with the widest possible audiences, pushing boundaries and taking creative risks. BGP’s upcoming slate includes the critically acclaimed WALK IN THE WOODS, 99 HOMES, and LEARNING TO DRIVE, as well as Terrence Malick's KNIGHT OF CUPS, VOYAGE OF TIME, and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender

Friday, 21 August 2015

ARC Entertainment acquires Garm Wars: The Last Druid

ARC Entertainment has acquired US rights to the action-sci-fi thriller GARM WARS: THE LAST DRUID.
Directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and co-written by Geoffrey Gunn (Siren), the film stars newcomer Melanie St-Pierre (Barney’s Version), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens).

ARC Entertainment will be releasing the film in-theaters and on VOD on October 2, 2015.

The deal was announced today by ARC Entertainment’s Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta
Mamoru Oshii’s creative vision shines brilliantly throughout this film, with remarkable action and special effects from beginning to end,” said Moesta. “We’re excited to bring this unique story to the big screen for audiences, and especially genre fans to enjoy across the U.S.”

Visionary director Mamoru Oshii is best known for his seminal film Ghost in the Shell, a work famously cited by the Wachowski’s as a direct influence behind their iconic film The Matrix.

15 years in the making, GARM WARS: THE LAST DRUID is a live action/CGI hybrid about a world on the brink of total collapse. The planet Annwn, inhabited by the Garm, is engaged in perpetual warfare among three tribes. One Columba fighter pilot, Khara (St-Pierre), embarks on a quest with an unlikely trio: Kumtak tribal elder Wydd (Henriksen), a sacred dog Gula, and one of the last remaining mystical Druids from a long forgotten time. A Briga soldier, Skellig (Durand), accompanies the small band after forging an uneasy truce with Khara. As they struggle across the land in the search for answers to their existence, they encounter raging storms, fierce giants, and mechanical mayhem. They survive these trials only to meet their most difficult challenge yet, a desperate battle against impossible odds for the truth they seek.

Joining forces with his longtime collaborator, composer Kenji Kawai (The Ring), and three-time Oscar Nominated Sound Designer Tom Myers (Up, Toy Story) of Skywalker Sound, Palme D’Or Nominee Mamoru Oshii delivers a feast for the eyes and ears. Lending their VFX artistry is acclaimed Toronto company Intelligent Creatures (Orphan Black). GARM WARS: THE LAST DRUID is produced by Makoto Asanuma (Gundam Wing), Tetsu Fujimura (Tekken), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Ghost in the Shell, Attack on Titan), and Lyse Lafontaine (On the Road).

Recent ARC Entertainment releases include:
The Barber starring Scott Glenn and Chris Coy;
Molly Moon starring Emily Watson, Raffey Cassidy, Joan Collins and Dominic Monaghan;
and Safelight starring Juno Temple, Evan Peters, Ariel Winter and Kevin Alejandro.


Magnolia Pictures will release
In Theaters, On Demand and On iTunes on September 25th 
Directed by Douglas Tirola 
Featuring Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, Chevy Chase, John Goodman, Bill Murray and more!

From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability - and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including ANIMAL HOUSE and NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION, launching dozens of huge careers on the way.
Director Tirola tells the story of its rise and fall through fresh, candid interviews with its key staff, and illustrated with hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine's prime). The film gives fans of the Lampoon a unique inside look at a magazine that dared to think what no one was thinking, but wished they had.

Running Time: 92 minutes
Rating: Unrated
For more information visit:

TRUMBO, starring Bryan Cranston, trailer, poster, photos & release date

Directed by Jay Roach

Screenplay by John McNamara

Starring Bryan Cranston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., David James Elliott, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Alan Tudyk, Michael Stuhlbarg and Helen Mirren

In Theatres November 6, 2015

The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Distributor: Bleecker Street

Genre: Drama, Biography

Run time: 124 minutes

MPAA rating: Rated “R" for language including some sexual references

With a cast like that you can bet I am buying a ticket when this gets released!
Watch the trailer below, presented by Bryan Cranston and take a look at some stills from the film!

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s TRUMBO, a Bleecker Street release.

Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle
Helen Mirren (left) stars as Hedda Hopper and Bryan Cranston (right) stars as Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s TRUMBO, a Bleecker Street release. 
Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle
Bryan Cranston (left) stars as Dalton Trumbo and Diane Lane (right) stars as Cleo Trumbo in Jay Roach’s TRUMBO, a Bleecker Street release. 
Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle

For More Information: 
Official Site: 
Twitter: @BleeckerStFilms 

Horror film SOME KIND OF HATE gets a release date and a trailer

SOME KIND OF HATE  from RLJ Entertainment

IN THEATERS, VOD, AND iTUNES: September 18, 2015 

Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer 

Written by  Brian DeLeeuw & Adam Egypt Mortimer 

Cast: Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Maestro Harrell, Lexi Atkins, Sierra McCormick, Noah Segan, Brando Eaton with Spencer Breslin and Michael Polish 

Synopsis:  Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln’s life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassments start all over again. Only this time, someone is watching – a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge.

GENRE: Horror, Thriller 

RUNTIME: 83 minutes

RATING: Not Rated


Lone Suspect announces that production has started in Los Angeles on its latest feature film FEAR, INC. 
Written by Luke Barnett and directed by Vincent Masciale, who are best known for their viral videos on Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die,” the film stars
Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”),
Caitlin Stasey (TV’s “Reign”),
Chris Marquette (ALPHA DOG)
and Stephanie Drake (“Mad Men”).

The supporting cast is rounded out with
Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”),
Patrick Renner (THE SANDLOT),
Ronnie Gene Blevins (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES)
and Richard Riehle (OFFICE SPACE).

Luke Barnett, Vincent Masciale along with Heather Kasprzak and Natalie Masciale are producing FEAR, INC. under their Lone Suspect banner. Gabriel Cowan and John Suits of New Artists Alliance as well as Tanner Thomason and Frank Masciale are executive producing the film.

FEAR, INC. follows a company of degenerates who can be hired for a premium to bring your greatest fears to life. But when horror junkie Joe Foster's customized scare seemingly begins, he and his friends must decide if this company is there to scare them, or make them pawns in their own sick game.
"With the self referential humor of films like SCREAM and CABIN IN THE WOODS and our background with Funny or Die, the goal is to add a large comedic element to the dark material," said director Vincent Masciale.

Lone Suspect is a Los Angeles based production company founded by Vincent Masciale and Luke Barnett. Last year Barnett executive produced LOITERING WITH INTENT (Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell) and the duo created Funny or Die's "Walking Dead" recap series, "The Walking Fred", which was nominated for two Streamy Awards. Their topical comedy videos on the site have touched on everything from "Game of Thrones" to "The Newsroom"


RLJ Entertainment, Inc. has acquired all U.S. & Canadian rights to the Caliber Media western BONE TOMAHAWK.
Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler, BONE TOMAHAWK stars, a magnificently moustachioed Kurt Russell, (Tombstone, Hateful Eight),
Patrick Wilson (Insidious, TV’s “Fargo”),
Matthew Fox (Alex Cross, TV’S “Lost”),
Lili Simmons (“True Detective”, “Banshee”),
and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge).

BONE TOMAHAWK marks the first title acquired under the RLJ Entertainment brand. RLJ Entertainment, Inc. previously released its theatrical titles under the Image Entertainment brand, which RLJE purchased in 2012.
"We are proud to be bringing this thrilling film to US audiences this year,” said Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer. “With S. Craig Zahler’s uncompromising vision and the raw performances from the incredible cast, there is no doubt that BONE TOMHAWK will be an instant classic.”

The plot goes like this: When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy.
Produced by Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller, and Gregory Zuk of Caliber Media (Dark Was the Night, Some Kind of Hate) and executive produced by the Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects) and David Gilbrey (Red vs. Dead), the deal was negotiated by CAA, UTA, and Caliber on behalf of the filmmakers and Mark Ward and Grace Santos on behalf of RLJ Entertainment.

Recent RLJ Entertainment films, released under its Image Entertainment brand, include:
The Rewrite with Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei and written & directed by Marc Lawrence;
and The Cobbler with Adam Sandler, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Steve Buscemi and written & directed by Tom McCarthy.

RLJ Entertainment theatrical releases include Burying the Ex starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Green, Alexandra Daddario and directed by Joe Dante;
and Dark was the Night with Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas.

Editor’s note: Along with Hateful Eight I can’t wait for this western. I am a huge fan of Kurt Russell and the film Tombstone and so to get two Russell, moustache bearing westerns back to back is just too much goodness!
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