Pakistani-Canadian writer pens new digital series, ARTIES, to de-colonize Science Fiction

A concept trailer for a science fiction digital series, called ARTIES, will be released on March 1 st 2019. Creator Abdul Malik and producer Shant Joshi are offering to license the series to streaming platforms internationally. The project is represented by Ozi Menakaya at the Creative Artists Agency. The details can be found at arties.tv

Set in a police state coping with an Artificial Intelligence insurgency, ARTIES is a coming-of-age tale about a disillusioned teenage boy from the suburbs, MITCH, who enters an unlikely partnership with a freedom-fighting Indigenous woman, INDIRA, to evade government forces and deliver a necklace that holds the key to turning the tide in the Arties civil rights movement.

ARTIES was shortlisted for Sundance Institute’s New Voices Lab and for the Independent Filmmaker Project’s RYOT Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative. Framing the series around Mitch and Indira’s quest, creator Abdul Malik reveals the show to be a thoughtful treatise on decolonizing science fiction by implementing an inclusion mandate for the series and exploring topics of the refugee crisis, climate change, and the growing corrupt surveillance state, as audiences examine it through the lens of the present day pushed to its most logical and destructive extremes in the future. While science-fiction looks forward into future frontiers to conquer, the creators of the show are inspired to use the genre to right the wrongs of the past. ARTIES is structured as a South African-Canadian co-production with production to take place in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and post-production in Edmonton, Alberta. Both these lands and lands surrounding them were claimed unrightfully by force and as this series moves forward to production in these stolen lands, the show’s creators have made it extremely important to acknowledge and address that matter within the production and ethos of their series.

ARTIES has taken on an inclusion mandate requiring gender and racial parity within the leadership of the series. Of the twelve filmmakers behind the series, eleven are people of color, six are women, and six are Indigenous to the land they work in. The series also features trans non-binary alien performance artist Niuboi (aka Julie Ferguson) as PAVEL, an apex Artie character who accompanies Mitch and Indira on their journey.

ARTIES explores the topic of the broader global migrant and refugee crisis through the lens of Artificial Intelligent androids. Within the world’s history, Artificial Intelligent beings reveal themselves to human kind by washing up on the shore without a programmed sense of purpose. Alone and afraid, these beings seek refuge amongst humanity and slowly integrate themselves within human life, but are feared by a great number of humans who scapegoat the Arties for their own problems.

In the series, human-caused climate change results in the displacement, unemployment, and forced migration of humanity. As the common human being is forced to struggle through hardship as a result of this forced migration, an ideology grows questioning the value of accommodating and allocating resources for Artificial Intelligent beings who have no right co-exist amongst humanity. As production of the trailer took place during the extremely violent cold snap that shut down a majority of North America, the cast and crew behind ARTIES translated first-hand the disastrous effects of climate change to screen.

Within the world an authoritarian government has invested in thousands of low-flying surveillance drones that observe the lives of every citizen, searching for every last Artie and Artie sympathizer. Behind the authoritarian government and its surveillance drones exist the real power in the world, the oligarchic Mediators. The Mediators profit off the fear and conflict between humans and Arties. They send out agents, like the main villain MR. FACE, to ensure that the conflict endures but not to the point of a robot uprising or Artie extinction, just enough that humans buy into the hysteria and continue to obey.

Simultaneously a strong, unseen sci-fi world with a multicultural mandate in front of and behind the camera, and a metaphor for the migrant crisis and climate catastrophe we face today, ARTIES is science fiction at its sharpest and most socially relevant.

About Abdul Malik, Creator

Hailing from a family of Pakistani immigrants and with a degree in Film Production from Toronto’s York University, Abdul works full time as an Edmonton-based photojournalist and screenwriter, covering a beat in areas of labor struggles and political activism. Abdul’s short films have played internationally in North America, Europe, and Asia, and he worked on the highly popular young-adult web series TEENAGERS. Abdul’s work in his community extends to a variety of organizations in sectors of labor and anti-racism. He founded #HateFreeYeg, a grassroots initiative that aims to establish Edmonton as Canada’s largest, most comprehensive safe space.

About Shant Joshi, Producer

Shant Joshi is a queer Indo-Canadian film producer based out of Los Angeles & Toronto. His work is geared towards engaging audiences with stories rooted in the perspectives of the Other. He was recently Associate Producer on the feature PORCUPINE LAKE (TIFF, Busan, Rome, Outfest) and Producer on the Dekkoo original series I’M FINE (Newfest, Queerties). Joshi was Production Manager on the highly popular young-adult web series TEENAGERS.

Follow ARTIES on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as @ArtiesTV and under the hashtag, #ArtiesTV

“90210,” A SIX-EPISODE EVENT SERIES, TO AIR ON FOX

Original “Beverly Hills, 90210” Cast Members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling to Reunite in Iconic Show’s Return Home

Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling, the original stars of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the groundbreaking teen drama that defined Southern California life, are set to return to FOX, the network they called home for the entire decade of the 1990s, in a six-episode event series, 90210. Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler (“90210,” “Awkward”) will write and executive-produce 90210. The series is scheduled to air Summer 2019.

90210  comes with a big twist: Priestley, Garth, Ziering, Carteris, Green and Spelling will play heightened versions of themselves in a brand-new serialized drama – with a healthy dose of irreverence – that is inspired by their real lives and relationships.

Having gone their separate ways since the original series ended 19 years ago, Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it’s time to get a “Beverly Hills,  90210” reboot up and running.  But getting it going may make for an even more delicious soap than the reboot itself.  What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this iconic cast – whom the whole world watched grow up together – attempts to continue from where they left off?

“‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ left an indelible impact on pop culture and an entire generation,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, FOX.  “Its powerful legacy is an important part of our network’s DNA – bold stories not told anywhere else and bigger-than-life-characters – and we’re honored to bring back the beloved original cast members for 90210.”

Spawning generations of imitators, “Beverly Hills, 90210” premiered on FOX on October 4, 1990, when it became an instant pop culture sensation and one of the most adored programs in the network’s history.  Centered on the tony Los Angeles community identified in its title, the show aired for 10 seasons, during which it documented the trials and tribulations of a group of friends from high school to college and into early adulthood, as they navigated a myriad of coming-of-age dramas and complex rivalries, often making real-world headlines by tackling controversial and socially relevant topics.

90210 will be produced by CBS Television Studios and FOX Entertainment. It will be executive-produced by Chris Alberghini, Mike Chessler, Gabrielle Carteris, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling and Ian Ziering. The series was conceived by Alberghini, Chessler, Spelling and Garth. “Like” 90210 on Facebook at facebook.com/90210onFOX.

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HBO FILMS DRAMA NATIVE SON, BASED ON THE CLASSIC NOVEL BY RICHARD WRIGHT, DEBUTS APRIL 6 ON HBO

Directed by First-Time Filmmaker Rashid Johnson;

Screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks

 The HBO Films presentation NATIVE SON, based on the classic novel by Richard Wright, will debut SATURDAY, APRIL 6 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO, it was announced today by Len Amato, president, HBO Films. Directed by first-time director and renowned visual artist Rashid Johnson from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog/Underdog”), the drama had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

NATIVE SON tells the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman Will Dalton (Bill Camp, Emmy®-nominee for HBO’s “The Night Of”). As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power — including a precarious relationship with Dalton’s daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley, HBO’s “The Leftovers”) — he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever. The cast also includes Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier and Sanaa Lathan.

Among the early critical raves for NATIVE SON, Vulture called the film “visually striking” and praised Ashton Sanders’ performance, observing, “This is a star in the making,” while Entertainment Weekly described it as a “raw, lyrical retelling,” and IndieWire termed it “harrowing” and “compelling.”

NATIVE SON is an HBO Films presentation in association with A24; executive produced by Stephanie Meurer; produced by Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman of Bow and Arrow Entertainment; directed by Rashid Johnson; screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks.

LET'S GET CIVICAL - A NEW PODCAST FROM MORE BANANA PRODUCTIONS

A comedian and a political strategist are on a mission to help us figure out what the FDR is going on in politics.

Let’s Get Civical is a new podcast on the More Banana Network made up of equal parts civics class and comedy show. Join hosts Lizzie Stewart (a comedian) and Arden Walentowski (a campaign staffer and political strategist) as they unpack and repack political and government structures that led us to the cry for help that is our current political landscape. Lizzie and Arden have made it their mission to break it all down and help us understand what the FDR is going on, joined by special guests like Ophira Eisenberg, Mara Wilson, Mike Houston, and Jolenta Greenberg. It’s like being in American Government class with your BFFs! But no exams. They promise!

Episode 1: "The First Amendment - As Long As It's Not Polygamy" with Mara Wilson

Lizzie and Arden talk about the First Amendment of the Constitution with their guest, actor, writer, and voice over artist, Mara Wilson. Join them as they deep dive into: freedom of the press, speech, religion and assembly; how Woodrow Wilson really sucks; and the Supreme Court cases that defined it all!

Episode 2: "Impeachment - It's Not Personal, It's Politics" with Ophira Eisenberg

Lizzie and Arden talk about the impeachment process with their guest and host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg. Join them as they detail the political process of impeachment, talk about who can and cannot be impeached, and why it’s never really happened at the Presidential level…yet.

Episode 3: "Voter Turnout - There’s an Equation for That" with Mike Houston

In this episode of Let's Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden welcome guest Mike Houston, best known for his role as Lee Dixon in Orange is the New Black. Join them as they talk about the different ways to define voter turnout, what determines if people come out and vote, and what we can do to make voting a regular part of life in America. 

Episode 4: "The History of America’s Political Parties - And What the Illuminati Gave Us" with Jolenta Greenberg

In this episode of Let's Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the history of political parties with their guest and co-host of By the Book Podcast, Jolenta Greenberg. Join them as them deep dive into the parties of the founding fathers, talk about the short-lived Bull Moose Party, and dissect how we've arrived at the Republican and Democratic Parties that we have today. 

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L: Arden Walentowski R: Lizzie Stewart

(c) Tyler Easter

Arden Walentowski is a campaign staffer, political strategist, and blogger. Primarily based in NYC, she has spent time in the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, was Chief of Staff for the Jonathan Lewis Campaign for Congress and has worked on numerous other city and state races. She is also the co-founder of Three Oracles, a blog about the state of American democracy, which features an all-female writing team. For insights and jaded political commentary, check her out at: Twitter @ArdenJulianna / IG @ArdenJulianna

Lizzie Stewart is an NYC based stand-up comedian. Career highlights include having to follow Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, and George Wallace without having a total meltdown. In 2018, she produced and hosted the benefit comedy show Y'ALL READY (with Aparna Nancherla and Corinne Fisher as headliners) which raised $1,000 for the anti-sexual violence organization RAINN. Last summer, she was invited to perform in the Burbank Comedy Festival as a Producer's Pick. For more updates on where she's currently crying, you can follow her at: Twitter @lizzie_the_rock / IG: @Lizzie_the_rock_stewart

Based in Brooklyn, More Banana was founded in early 2018 as a response to a gap in the podcasting world. This gap was twofold: a noticeable lack of women working in audio and podcast production, and a need for women to not doubt their opinions, interests, and expertise, even in a media that does not highlight them as experts.  More Banana was created to close that gap and elevate the views of women; not just because it is a woman’s perspective, but because it’s a damn good perspective.

AIR JORDAN DOCUMENTARY UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 TO MAKE EXCLUSIVE STREAMING DEBUT ON HULU

Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1 starts streaming Thursday, February 14 on Hulu

 Hulu and Lionsgate today announce that UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1, the powerful and inspiring true story of how Air Jordan 1 (AJ1) transcended sport to become a global phenomenon, will stream exclusively on Hulu.  From first time filmmaker Dexton Deboree, the documentary interviews culture-defining titans, including NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan himself, Quincy Jones, Spike Lee, Lena Waithe, Carmelo Anthony, Chuck D, and Phil Knight among others, to explore how AJ1 was not just a sneaker, but a worldwide movement that broke through barriers of race, age, and gender to define the culture in which we now live. Lionsgate acquired the documentary which is set to make its exclusive streaming debut on Hulu on February 14.

“Sneaker fans all over the world remember the thrill of getting their first pair of Air Jordans, and this film explores the story behind and incredible impact of that iconic shoe,” said Heather Moosnick, Senior Vice President Content Partnerships, Hulu. “At Hulu, we’re focused on bringing highly compelling films and series to our viewers that reflect the culture and inspire conversation – and UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 is exactly that.”

“We were thrilled to get behind Dexton’s captivating film exploring the cultural phenomenon of the AJ1,” said Jared Goetz, Lionsgate President of North American Television Distribution. “With Hulu’s longstanding commitment to premium quality content, we’ve found the perfect partner to launch this film.” 

This is the story of Air Jordan 1, the shoe that tapped a cultural nerve deep inside a generation, unlocked the voice of so many voiceless and transcended sports to become a global phenomenon. Beyond the shoe’s iconic image and deeper than the legend of its namesake – Michael Jordan – UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 explores AJ1’s role in giving birth to sneaker culture, re-shaping the game of basketball and the very identity of the NBA. It revolutionized the business of the professional athlete as a brand and radically disrupted a generation to define our modern global culture on and off the court. Through a riveting journey of powerful voices that also include Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, actor Anthony Anderson, DJ and record producer DJ Khaled across all aspects of culture from then and now, the film chronicles the shoe’s explosive impact on history and our modern world.

“I’m excited for the world to witness a story that breaks some rules and explores some new ground in expressing a tale as remarkable as any great fable we’ve heard or seen before,” said writer/director Dexton Deboree. “This film unearths a very powerful story that is beneath a cultural icon to share something that transcends sport, sneakers, and the popular zeitgeist of much of what happened not only with AJ1 and even Michael Jordan himself, but the radical cultural revolution that unfolded in its wake.”

UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 chronicles the dawn of the sneaker craze and the sneaker’s explosive cultural impact on music, fashion, art, and entertainment through powerful voices of then and now. The film is produced by Dexton Deboree and Stef Fink. 

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NEON’S APOLLO 11 TO RELEASE EXCLUSIVELY IN IMAX THEATRES FOR ONE WEEK ONLY BEGINNING MARCH 1

FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN-FOOTAGE, APOLLO 11 IN IMAX IS A CINEMATIC EVENT 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING

NEON and IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) announced today “Apollo 11,” the highly-anticipated documentary which premiered to critical acclaim at 2019’s Sundance Film Festival, will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format and will initially release in IMAX theatres exclusively for one week only beginning March 1, 2019.  With some of the most spectacular and rarest behind-the-scenes space footage captured from the first moon landing, it is a cinematic event 50 years in the making that was designed for IMAX, the movie experience that has been bringing audiences to space for decades.

From director/producer Todd Douglas Miller (“Dinosaur 13”), producer Thomas Petersen at Statement Pictures and executive producers Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton of CNN Films, “Apollo 11” was crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings. The film takes audiences straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, moviegoers vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Miller and team were working closely with NASA and the National Archives (NARA) to locate all existing Apollo 11 footage when NARA staff members made a startling discovery that changed the course of the project: an unprocessed collection of 65mm large format footage, never before seen by the public, containing stunning shots of the launch, the inside of Mission Control, and recovery and post-mission activities. The footage was so pristine and the find so significant that the project evolved beyond filmmaking into one of film curation and historic preservation. Commissioned by CNN Films to create a film about the most extraordinary event in human exploration, “Apollo 11” began taking shape as a documentary feature film.

Director, Todd Douglas Miller remarked on the release, "We’re so excited to be working with NEON and IMAX on this very special event film. Ever since we saw the first frame of 65mm film footage roll off the film scanner we always envisioned ‘Apollo 11’ to be seen on the biggest screens possible. IMAX theaters are the cathedrals of cinema and we can’t think of a more perfect way for audiences to enjoy the adventure of ‘Apollo 11’."  

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“Miller’s film is a stunning achievement in filmmaking,” said Megan Colligan President of IMAX Entertainment. “The film is immersive, crisp and clear.  Audiences can palpably feel the tension, immense pride and overwhelming joy of the team that came together to make the impossible possible. We at IMAX couldn’t be happier to be partnering with NEON in the release of ‘Apollo 11’.”

The more than 11,000 hours of audio recordings were made by two custom recorders which captured individual tracks from 60 key mission personnel throughout every moment of the mission. “Apollo 11” film team members created code to restore the audio and make it searchable, then began the multi-year process of listening to and documenting the recordings, an effort that yielded remarkable new insights into key events of the mission as well as surprising moments of humor and camaraderie.

The digitization of the 65mm collection—as well as the re-scanning of 16mm and 35mm materials—was undertaken at Final Frame, a post-production house in New York City, which helped create a custom scanner, capable of high dynamic range scanning at resolutions up to 8K. The resulting transfer—from which the film was cut—is the highest resolution, highest quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage in existence.

Constructed entirely from archival materials and eschewing talking heads, “Apollo 11” captures the enormity of the event by giving audiences of all ages the direct experience of being there. When John F. Kennedy pledged in 1962 to put Americans on the moon by the end of the decade, he described it as a bold act of faith and vision. “Apollo 11” bears witness to the culmination of that pledge, when America and the world came together in an extraordinary act of unity and resolve, to achieve one of the greatest and most complex feats in human history.

“Apollo 11” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX ExperienceÒ with proprietary IMAX DMRÒ (Digital Re-Mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The film currently holds a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with additional offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Shanghai. As of September 30, 2018, there were 1,443 IMAX theatre systems (1,346 commercial multiplexes, 13 commercial destinations, 84 institutional) operating in 79 countries and territories.  On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

ABOUT NEON:

2018 was a record-breaking year for NEON, with the release of Craig Gillespie’s runaway hit I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie and the Academy Award winner for best supporting actress, Allison Janney, as well as Matt Spicer's Sundance and Independent Spirit Award-Winner Ingrid Goes West. Three years after inception, the company continues to push the boundaries and take creative risks on bold content. 

NEON acquired three of the most talked about features at last year’s Sundance Film Festival:  Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters & Men, winner of the Sundance Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature; Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation; and Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling which has surpassed $13m at the box office.  Upcoming releases include:  Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum, John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm, the electrifying Amazing Grace, and Todd Douglas Miller’s cinematic event, Apollo 11, which just had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. 

After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya, in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin's and Micah Green's strategic venture) partnered with NEON's Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become majority investors in the company.

NEON ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO SUNDANCE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY HONEYLAND

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NEON has acquired the North American rights to Honeyland, the wistfully delicate and visually stunning documentary from Macedonian filmmaking duo Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska. The film marks NEON’s fifth acquisition out of Sundance, with the company landing more films than any other key player at Sundance this year.

Honeyland has gathered rave reviews following its World Premiere in Sundance, receiving three jury prizes for: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography and World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality.

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four hours' walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle.

Directors Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska say “Honeyland began as just another simple story, but it grew to become so much more. We are so proud of the final film, and there is no better way to get immersed in it than to experience it on the big screen. Thank you, NEON, for the opportunity to bring Honeyland to audiences the way we always wanted it to be seen.”

Stefanov and Kotevska’s debut feature was produced and edited by Atanas Georgiev and stars Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam, and Mustafa Sam, with cinematography by Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma.

Submarine Entertainment is handling sales. The deal was negotiated by NEON and Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

NEON premiered Todd Douglas Miller’s stunning cinematic event, Apollo 11 and John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm at Sundance 2019, and had an impressive hot streak of acquisitions, nabbing the rights to Alejandro Landes’ cinematic thriller, Monos, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala's horror film, The Lodge, Abe Forsythe’s Little Monsters, and Julius Onah’s Luce. NEON recently garnered an Academy Award® nomination for Border and continues to acquire some of the most anticipated titles, including: Tom Harper’s Wild Rose starring Jessie Buckley; and Bong Joon-Ho’s highly-anticipated drama Parasite.

ABOUT NEON:

2018 was a record-breaking year for NEON, with the release of Craig Gillespie’s runaway hit I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie and the Academy Award winner for best supporting actress, Allison Janney, as well as Matt Spicer's Sundance and Independent Spirit Award-Winner Ingrid Goes West. Three years after inception, the company continues to push the boundaries and take creative risks on bold content.

NEON acquired three of the most talked about features at last year’s Sundance Film Festival:  Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters & Men, winner of the Sundance Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature; Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation; and Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling which has surpassed $13m at the box office.  Upcoming releases include:  Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum, John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm, the electrifying Amazing Grace, and Todd Douglas Miller’s cinematic event, Apollo 11, which just had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya, in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin's and Micah Green's strategic venture) partnered with NEON's Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become majority investors in the company.

ABOUT Trice Films:

Trice Films Is a Macedonian Production Company focused on making creative groundbreaking documentaries, independently or in partnership with other production companies.

We always seek to find exceptional stories from wherever they may come and to connect them to a worldwide audience with post-production being our forte.

REBECCA HALL SET TO STAR IN DAVID BRUCKNER’S HORROR THRILLER THE NIGHT HOUSE

Anton to Finance and sell the David S. Goyer Produced Film in Berlin

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Anton announced today that Golden Globe® nominee Rebecca Hall (Christine, The Gift) will star in the horror thriller The Night House.  The film will be directed by David Bruckner (The Ritual, V/H/S,) and based on a script written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (StephanieSuper Dark Times). The Night House follows a widow who begins to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets.

David S. Goyer (Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeThe Dark Knight) and Keith Levine (47 Metres Down, “Scream: The TV Series””) are producing under their Phantom Four production company.  Anton is fully financing, executive producing and handling worldwide sales. Harold van Lier, Anton’s President of Distribution, will begin selling the film at EFM in Berlin this week. Endeavor Content is co-repping the U.S. rights with Anton. Recently appointed EVP of Acquisitions & Co-Productions, John Zois, will oversee the project on behalf of Anton. The film is scheduled to shoot in May.

Hall is in production on Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong, which is slated for a 2020 release. She will soon begin lensing Passing, which she has adapted for the screen and also marks her directorial debut. Upcoming she appears in Max Minghella’s Teen Spirit and she was recently seen starring in Angela Robinson’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.

Bruckner most recently directed the horror thriller The Ritual which debuted at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Netflix.  His 2007 directorial debut, The Signal, debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Hall is represented by Julian Belfrage Associates, WME and attorneys Hansen & Jacobson. Anton’s VP of Development, Laura Wilson, negotiated the deal with Endeavor Content on behalf of Phantom Four.

Phantom Four, which Goyer runs with Levine, is currently in post-production on the horror-thriller Antlers for Fox Searchlight with Scott Cooper directing and Guillermo del Toro also producing. Next up for Goyer is Deeper at MGM with Baltasar Kormakur directing as well as season two of Syfy’s Krypton, and the first season of Issac Asimov's “Foundation” for Apple.

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ABOUT ANTON

Founded by Sebastien Raybaud in 2011, Anton is a global content business which creates, produces, finances and distributes across both film and TV. The company debuted its pioneering co-financing model by partnering with StudioCanal on acclaimed international productions such as Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson, the Paddington franchise, and Shaun the Sheep.

The Sun Is Also a Star | NEW TRAILER

“What if I told you I could get you to fall in love with me…?”

“College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet—and fall for each other—over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City.  Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push.  But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love?  With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.”

A modern-day story about finding love against all odds, “The Sun Is Also a Star” explores whether our lives are determined by fate or the random events of the universe.

The film stars Yara Shahidi (“Grown-ish”) as Natasha and Charles Melton (“Riverdale”) as Daniel, along with John Leguizamo (“John Wick: Chapter 2”).

Directed by Ry Russo-Young (“Before I Fall”), the film is based on the acclaimed bestseller by Everything, Everything author Nicola Yoon.  The Sun Is Also a Star was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has received multiple accolades, including: 2016 National Book Award Finalist; Amazon’s Best Book of 2016 in YA; Amazon’s Top 20 Children’s Books of 2016 in YA; the New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2016; and Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best Books of 2016.

Russo-Young directed from a screenplay by Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip”).   The film’s producers are Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton, who served as producers on “Everything, Everything.”  Pamela Hirsch served as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Autumn Durald Arkapaw (“Teen Spirit”), production designer Wynn Thomas (“Hidden Figures”), editor Joe Landauer (“Before I Fall”), and costume designer Deirdra Elizabeth Govan (“Sorry to Bother You”).  The music is by Herdís Stefánsdóttir (“The Hate U Give”).

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures present An Alloy Entertainment production, “The Sun Is Also a Star,” due in theaters nationwide May 17, 2019.  

This film has been rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and language.

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IMAGES FROM THE NEW YORK SPECIAL SCREENING OF WHAT MEN WANT!

CROSBY STREET HOTEL

HOSTED BY MARCI KLEIN & JILL KARGMAN

WHAT MEN WANT IS IN THEATRES THURSDAY

SYNOPSIS

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world... until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test. WHAT MEN WANT is the latest comedy from director Adam Shankman (HAIRSPRAY) and producers Will Packer and James Lopez (GIRLS TRIP), co-starring Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske and Erykah Badu.

DIRECTED BY

Adam Shankman

PRODUCED BY

Will Packer, p.g.a., James Lopez, p.g.a.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY

Taraji P. Henson, Amy Sayres, Adam Shankman,

Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve

STORY BY

Jas Waters and Tina Gordon

SCREENPLAY BY

 Tina Gordon and Peter Huyck & Alex Gregory
STARRING

Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Erykah Badu, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Chris Witaske, Brian Bosworth, Kellan Lutz and Tracy Morgan

#WhatMenWant

AWARD-WINNING SERIES UNSUNG AND SMASH HIT UNCENSORED RETURN TO TV ONE WITH NEW SEASONS EXPLORING THE INTIMATE LIVES OF CELEBRITIES ON SUNDAY, MARCH 3

TV One's longest-running and award-winning documentary series UNSUNG continues its stellar run with eight new episodes debuting on Sunday, March 3 at 9 p.m. ET/8C. The second season of the network's edgy docu-series UNCENSORED, which gives unprecedented access to pop culture figures, follows with premiere episodes at 10 p.m. ET/9C.

UNSUNG celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journey have yet to be explored. This season promises memorable stories of influential artists including R&B heartthrob Lloyd, 90s songstress Adina Howard, 80s family band The Jets, singer/songwriter Shirley Murdock, house music legend Crystal Waters, crooner Glenn Jones, vocalist Kenny Lattimore and contemporary gospel musician Tasha Cobbs-Leonard. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight. 

The popular show UNCENSORED resumes for its second season and explores the private lives of some of today's most notable personalities including comedian/radio host DL Hughley, American Idol Fantasia, legendary hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri, actress Tasha Smith, reality TV star Tami Roman, actress/singer Naturi Naughton, the reigning king of urban gospel Kirk Franklin and singer/songwriter Ne-Yo.

The eight episode auto-biographical series delves into the lives of luminaries as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they faced and how they've navigated the perils of social media that helped but sometimes haunted their careers. Viewers will get a glimpse into the lives of celebrities as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words. 

UNSUNG is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is Executive Produced by Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland is Executive Producer. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

UNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas (Executive Producer), Keith Neal (Executive Producer), Paul Hall (Showrunner), Jay Allen (Supervising Producer) and James Seppelfrick of Swirl Films. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information on UNSUNG and UNCENSORED, visit TV One's YouTube Channeland check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One's TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the UNSUNG Facebook (@tvoneunsung) using the hashtag #UNSUNG.Follow UNCENSORED on Facebook and Instagram (@UncensoredTVOne) and use the hashtag #UNCENSORED.

ABOUT TV ONE

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, and The NAACP Image Awards.  In addition, TV One is the cable home of the blockbuster television drama Empire. TV One is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK,www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.

Captain Marvel | All-New Look During "BIG GAME"

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

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MISSING LINK - New Trailer for LAIKA Film - Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis

Directed by | Chris Butler

Written by | Chris Butler

Produced by | Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner

Starring | Zoe Saldana, Hugh Jackman, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Zach Galifianakis, Amrita Acharia, Stephen Fry, David Williams 

Synopsis: The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this. Sir Lionel's last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America's Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man's primitive ancestry. The Missing Link.

MISSING LINK – ALEXA SKILL INFORMATION

Welcome to Missing Link Adventures, a new Amazon Alexa skill for the whole family to enjoy. Meet Mr. Link, the world’s most famous – and quite hairy — legendary creature, along with his fellow explorers, Sir Lionel Frost and Adelina Fortnight. This interactive audio story will entertain your child’s curiosity, while teaching them the importance of bravery, kindness, and fitness. Enable the skill now, turn on notifications, and we’ll let you know when your adventures are ready.

See the new trailer for The Missing Link from LAIKA Studios starring Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis

In Theaters April 12

#MissingLink

"Alexa, open Missing Link!"

Welcome to Missing Link Adventures, a new Amazon Alexa skill for the whole family to enjoy. Meet Mr. Link, the world's most famous - and quite hairy - legendary creature, along with his fellow explorers, Sir Lionel Frost and Adelina Fortnight.

This interactive audio story will entertain your child's curiosity, while teaching them the importance of bravery, kindness, and fitness.

Enable the skill now, turn on notifications, and we'll let you know when your adventures are ready.

MISSING LINK

This April, meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don't let his appearance fool you... he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world's most lovable legend at the heart of Missing Link, the globe-trotting family adventure from LAIKA. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.

Director: Chris Butler

Writer: Chris Butler

Producers: Travis Knight p.g.a., Arianne Sutner p.g.a.

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Timothy Olyphant, David Walliams, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Ching Valdes-Aran, Stephen Fry, Amrita Acharia

MISSING LINK opens in theaters on April 12, 2019

#MissingLink

Official Site: 

MissingLink.Movie

Facebook: /MissingLinkFilm

Instagram: @MissingLinkFilm

Twitter: @LAIKAStudios

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | Big Game Video Spot Released | In theaters February 14, 2019!

On February 14, the battle begins…

To kick off today’s big game, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new video spot for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL just before kick-off! From visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez, the film stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL opens in theaters everywhere on February 14, 2019 in 3D & IMAX!

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

Release: February 14, 2019
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Produced by:  James Cameron, Jon Landau
Screenplay by: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez - Based upon the graphic novel ("Manga") series "GUNNM" by Yukito Kishiro
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

SYNOPSIS

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From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she's grown to love.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Official Channels

CHECK OUT THE NEW TRAILER FOR WONDER PARK AND DON’T MISS THE PRE-KICK SPOT DURING THE BIG GAME.

WONDER PARK is in theatres March 15, 2019

SYNOPSIS:

WONDER PARK tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

STARRING:

Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Brianna Denski and Ken Hudson Campbell

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FOX REVEALS A SECOND SEASON OF TELEVISION’S #1 NEW SHOW AND #1 UNSCRIPTED SERIES, “THE MASKED SINGER”

Highest-Rated Unscripted Debut on Any Network in More than Seven Years,

With More than 17 Million Multi-Platform Viewers to Date

All-New Episode Airs Tonight!

FOX is renewing the new celebrity competition series THE MASKED SINGER, this season’s #1 new series and #1 unscripted show, which captivated a massive audience of more than 17 million multi-platform viewers for its debut episode. Based on an international hit, THE MASKED SINGER features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity.  Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke serve on the panel, playing detective alongside series host Nick Cannon.

The response to THE MASKED SINGER has been fantastic and we are thrilled to bring it back for another season,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “I am so happy to see a singing Peacock burst into pop culture! THE MASKED SINGER is unique, bold, original and embraces the DNA of all the best FOX unscripted shows. We look forward to Season Two being even more fun, weird and wonderful than the first.”

The series premiere of THE MASKED SINGER marked television’s greatest Live + 7 Day gain from Live + Same Day among unscripted debuts ever in both Adults 18-49 (4.2/17 L7, +1.2 from L+SD) and Total Viewers (13.0 L7 million, +3.6 million vs. L+SD). It is the highest-rated unscripted debut on any network in more than seven years (excluding post-NFL telecasts), this season’s No. 1-t debut on any network and the No. 1 reality telecast of the last two seasons, topping “The Voice,” “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent.”

THE MASKED SINGER’s premiere has delivered 17.6 million Multi-Platform viewers to date, FOX’s most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years, while its 3.6 million viewers across Hulu and FOX NOW mark the network’s most-streamed episode ever.

In tonight’s all-new episode, “Mix and Masks,” airing 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT, on FOX, the competition shuffles as RABBIT, UNICORN, ALIEN and LION hit the stage to perform again with all-new clues. A special two-hour finale of THE MASKED SINGER airs Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 8:00-10:00 ET/PT on FOX.

Between all of the celebrity competitors on the show, they've amassed 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Emmy nominations, nine Broadway shows, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles. With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask.  The singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny hints buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whosungit!”

Produced by Endemol Shine North America, THE MASKED SINGER was developed for the U.S. and is executive-produced by Craig Plestis (“Minute to Win It,” “The Winner Is”) of Smart Dog Media and Izzie Pick Ibarra (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Breaking Pointe”).  Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Grease: Live”) directs. Nick Cannon serves as co-executive producer. THE MASKED SINGER is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp. “Like” THE MASKED SINGER on Facebook at facebook.com/maskedsingerfox. Follow the series on Twitter @maskedsingerfox and join the conversation using #TheMaskedSinger. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @maskedsingerfox.

Bo Peep is Back! New Poster & Video Available for TOY STORY 4!

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This long-lost friend of Woody, Buzz and the gang always shared a special connection with Woody, but they have not seen each other in years, and Bo has become chipped and faded over time. Bo’s strength and sarcasm always belied her delicate porcelain exterior, and it turns out she’s an adventure-seeking free spirit who feels right at home on the road. When she and Woody are reunited under unlikely circumstances, they realize they’ve grown worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy.

“Bo’s taken control of her own destiny,” said “Toy Story 4” director Josh Cooley. “While Woody was watching Andy grow up, Bo gathered dust until she took it upon herself to head out into the world. And when Woody shows up, they can’t believe that they’ve found each other again.”

Annie Potts returns as the voice of Bo Peep. “She is modern, independent, capable and confident,” said Potts of her character. “Bo is written and conceived to be inspiring as she has weathered life’s ups and downs with grace. I aspire to that.

Access the video here: https://www.facebook.com/10498014129/posts/10156463897209130/

TOY STORY 4

U.S. Release Date:  June 21, 2019

Voice Cast:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris

Director:  Josh Cooley

Producers:  Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen 

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Access the video here: https://www.facebook.com/10498014129/posts/10156463897209130/

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney·Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

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YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyPixar

 

NOTES:

  • “Toy Story,” originally released on Nov. 22, 1995, was the first fully computer animated feature film and the highest grossing movie of the year. It was nominated for three Oscars® and two Golden Globes®. 

  • “Toy Story 2” is the first film ever to be entirely created, mastered and exhibited digitally. It was also the first animated sequel to gross more than its original, breaking opening weekend box office records in the U.S., UK and Japan, becoming the highest grossing animated release of 1999. It won the Golden Globe for best motion picture – comedy or musical. It won a Grammy® for best song written for a motion picture, television or other visual media (Randy Newman, “When She Loved Me”).

  • Released in 2010, “Toy Story 3” won Oscars® for best animated feature film and best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song (Randy Newman/“We Belong Together”). The film also won a Golden Globe® and BAFTA for best animated film. It was the second Pixar film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar. It’s also Pixar’s second highest-grossing film of all time behind “Incredibles 2.” 

  • The 2015 short “Riley’s First Date?” was helmed by director Josh Cooley and produced by Mark Nielsen.

DELHI CRIME TO PREMIERE EXCLUSIVELY ON NETFLIX ON MARCH 22 AROUND THE WORLD

Netflix Launch Follows World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival’s Indie Episodic Section for the Anthology Series

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Delhi Crime, a seven-part series written and directed by award-winning Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta, will be available to Netflix members worldwide from March 22, 2019. The police-procedural thriller, produced by Golden Karavan and Ivanhoe Pictures, will premiere worldwide at Sundance Film Festival on January 29 in the Indie Episodic category.

Season 1 of Delhi Crime is inspired by and follows the notorious December 2012 investigation by the  Delhi Police into a devastating rape of a young woman that reverberated across India and the world. Throughout seven hour-long episodes, Delhi Crime captures the complexities of the scrutiny, the emotional toll on the investigating team, and their determination to bring the perpetrators to justice in a fraught environment.

The police officer (Vartika Chaturvedi in the series) is sensitively portrayed by Shefali Shah (Monsoon Wedding, Juice), who leads a critically-lauded cast that includes Adil Hussain (Life of Pi, Hotel Salvation), Denzil Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Rasika Dugal (Qissa, Manto), Rajesh Tailang (Siddharth, Selection Day) and Yashaswini Dayama (Dear Zindagi, The Odds).

Over six years of research went into the making of the series, which was shot on location in New Delhi. Richie Mehta (Amal, Siddharth), conceived the show during a conversation with Neeraj Kumar, a former Commissioner of the Delhi Police, who introduced him to the investigating team, and offered access to hundreds of pages of legal documents that were prepared as part of investigation. Overwhelmed by the brutality of the incident, and determined to bring to light the details of the investigation, Mehta realized that the zeal and passion of the police in providing closure to a nation would be best portrayed in the form of a series.

Mehta said, “The making of Delhi Crime has been a personally transformative journey; speaking to every individual involved, retracing the paths that the police took during the course of the investigation, and hearing of the determination that it took for the case to be closed, despite severe limitations. I hope that we’ve been able to provide context, catharsis and open once again a difficult conversation that must be had about the forces that enabled this brutality.”

Simran Sethi, Director, International Originals, Netflix, said,  “Delhi Crime is an important story told with sensitivity and responsibility, and we are honored to help bring this series to Indian and global members.  It is honest and emotional and powerful. Shows like this bring a much-needed lens to the lived reality of women around the world.  Watching this series is an affecting experience, and we are sure it will be as meaningful of an experience for Netflix audiences as it was for us.”

Serving as Executive producers for Golden Karavan are Aaron Kaplan, Jeff Sagansky, Florence Sloan, Apoorva Bakshi, Pooja Kohli and Sanjay Bachani. Executive producers from Ivanhoe Pictures are John Penotti, Kilian Kerwin, and Michael Hogan. Producing are Robert Friedland, Sidney Kimmel, and Brian Kornreich for Ivanhoe Pictures.

The deal was negotiated by Robert Jesuele on behalf of Golden Karavan and Brian Kornreich on behalf of Ivanhoe Pictures.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 139 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

ABOUT GOLDEN KARAVAN

Golden Karavan is the recently launched Asian focused television mini-major, a partnership between Jeff Sagansky, Florence Sloan, Aaron Kaplan, Apoorva Bakshi, Pooja Kohli and Sanjay Bachani. The production company will make a slate of 25 TV Shows over the next five years.

The mission of the mini-major is to be the new differentiator, a new-era TV studio that, through collaborative partnerships with strategic producing partners and creative filmmakers, will share engaging stories with the widest audiences possible, even if that means pushing boundaries and taking risks.

With a full development slate, the company will supply compelling content from the region for a straight-to-digital release on premium global streaming platforms and broadcasters across the world.

ABOUT IVANHOE PICTURE

Los Angeles, New York, and Beijing-based Ivanhoe Pictures is a motion picture and television financing and production entity. Ivanhoe develops, produces, and acquires content for a global audience, and now has local-language production deals in India, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Latin America, Vietnam and Indonesia.

In March 2017, Ivanhoe merged with the Los Angeles-based production/finance company Sidney Kimmel Entertainment to create SK Global, a new entity that produces and finances film and television projects globally. The venture, backed and co-founded by Sidney Kimmel (Jones New York) and Robert Friedland (Ivanhoe Mines), is led by President John Penotti, who has led companies including GreeneStreet Films, Ivanhoe Pictures, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. SK Global has retained the labels “Sidney Kimmel Entertainment” and “Ivanhoe Pictures” in their respective markets.

Past Ivanhoe projects include the enormously successful Golden Globe-nominated comedy Crazy Rich Asians, a co-production with Warner Bros. from director Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and starring Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh that has now grossed over $238M to date worldwide and is now the 6th highest grossing romantic comedy in the U.S. of all time; the South Korean hit The Wailing from director Na Hong-jin, which remains the second highest-grossing opening weekend for Fox in Korea behind Avatar; and the popular Hindi-language horror series Ghoul for Netflix India.

Ivanhoe’s upcoming projects include the Hindi-language family drama The Sky is Pink starring Priyanka Chopra, developed in partnership with India-based RSVP and Roy Kapur Films set for release in India mid-2019; the Spanish-language feature La Caja developed in partnership with Mexico City-based Lucia Films; an upcoming adaptation of Ryan Graudin's best-selling young adult action-adventure novel The Walled City set in China's fabled Kowloon City; and a slate of features developed for audiences in Indonesia.

Additionally, Ivanhoe has established a number of key partnerships to produce local-language films for global audiences, including a deal with Blumhouse Productions to develop local-language genre content in India.

THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORS WHAT MEN WANT'S TARAJI P. HENSON WITH A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME!

WHAT MEN WANT is in theaters on February 8, 2019.

SABAN FILMS PARTNERS WITH KEVIN SMITH ON “JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT”

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Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Jason Mewes and Smith are reprising the lead roles, alongside a number of returning players from the star-studded cast of the original movie, as well as a fresh new crop of cameos from the worlds of movies, TV, music and podcasting. Saban Films has committed to a substantial theatrical release. Jordan Monsanto of Smodco is producing alongside Destro Film’s Liz Destro. Production is currently underway.

 

Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) were first introduced 25 years ago in Smith’s directorial debut, Clerks. The unlikely stoner icons have subsequently appeared in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II, as well as the animated film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. The new movie will skewer reboots, remakes, and sequels while simultaneously being all three at the same time.

 

Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley commented, “Jay and Silent Bob is a global franchise which has a very loyal fan base.  Partnering with Kevin at script stage on the next chapter of these iconic characters is a huge milestone. This is the beginning of a new initiative at Saban Films, to partner on IP with seasoned filmmakers and talent early on in the creative process all the way through distribution.”

 

Smith said, “Last February, I almost died. So on the one year anniversary of my widow maker heart attack, as a celebration of life and a big ol’ F you to Death, my best friend and I will be rolling cameras on a sequel/remake/reboot of a movie we first made nearly twenty years ago! In Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back our herbal heroes found out Hollywood was making a movie based on them, so they journeyed out to Hollywood to stop it. But I’ve learned so much as a storyteller and have grown immensely as a filmmaker since then, so audiences can expect something completely different: In Jay & Silent Bob Reboot our herbal heroes find out Hollywood is making a reboot of the old movie that was based on them, so they journey out to Hollywood to stop it again. I offer my (literal) undying thanks to our amazing partners at Saban and Universal for making this dream come true and backing this cinematic silliness!”

 

Mewes said, “I’m tired of doing Shakespeare all the time so it’ll be nice to get back to playing Jay again. It may be 25 years since I first played the idiot man-child from Jersey but this time’s going to be the best because I’ve really grown into the role of idiot man-child in my old age.”

 

Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films, with Jackie Eckhouse of Sloss Eckhouse LawCo on behalf of the filmmakers.  Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has picked up all international rights.

 

Equity Financing for the Picture has been provided by Hideout Pictures, Mickey Gooch Jr’s Skitbags Entertainment, and Fan Owned Legion M. Debt Financing for the film has been provided by Three Point Capital Louisiana and Intercut Capital.

 

Saban Films continues to be active in the acquisition and distribution space, with upcoming titles including: The Haunting of Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff; Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan; James Marsh’s King of Thieves starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon; Richard Says Goodbye, the Wayne Roberts-directed drama starring Johnny Depp; and Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante starring Olivia Wilde.  

 

The company continues to grow its presence in the industry, with successes that have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31.  Recent titles include the anthology Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess; the Gerard Butler starrer The Vanishing;Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; Eshom and Ian Nelms’ lauded feature Small Town Crime starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer; and Ivan Kavanagh’s Never Grow Old starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch.

 

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About Saban Films

Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.

 

About UPHE Content Group

Headquartered in London, UPHE Content Group is a repertoire center of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a worldwide basis.  UPHE Content Group is part of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment.  The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment.