Movie News Weekend Roundup: Perfect Blue, Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Creed II, A.X.L., Movies Anywhere & Microsoft, The Night is Short Walk on Girl

PERFECT BLUE | GKIDS Acquires Theatrical Rights to Satoshi Kon’s Legendary First Film

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it is has acquired the theatrical distribution rights to PERFECT BLUE, the legendary first film from the late auteur director Satoshi Kon. GKIDS and Fathom Events will continue their extended partnership and bring the feature to US cinemas nationwide in a brand new digital transfer on September 6th and 10th only. In addition to the full feature, attendees will view exclusive bonus content to be announced closer to the event date.

PERFECT BLUE, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is the debut feature from the legendary director Satoshi Kon (Paprika) that continues to have a profound impact on animators and Hollywood directors. The groundbreaking film has been praised as being ahead of its time with themes still incredibly relevant today. PERFECT BLUE has been hailed as one of the best animated features of all time, and Kon went on write and direct a number of acclaimed projects including Paprika, Millennium Actress, and the television series “Paranoia Agent.”

“Satoshi Kon was an incredibly visionary and remarkable filmmaking talent,” said GKIDS President Dave Jesteadt. “His shocking debut feature remains incredibly relevant, with its bold view of how technology and media can mold and distort our own perceptions of ourselves, and we are pleased to offer a new opportunity for audiences to discover his work.”

GKIDS and Fathom Events will present PERFECT BLUE in approximately 500 select U.S. movie theaters on Thursday, September 6 in its original Japanese language with English subtitles, and Monday, September 10 in the English language dub at 7:00 p.m. local time for both shows. A complete list of U.S. theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with GKIDS, and to bring another of Japan’s best animated features to the U.S.,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “This ongoing partnership provides an extraordinary opportunity for anime fans to experience these films on big screens nationwide.”

Tickets to PERFECT BLUE are now on sale at or and at participating box offices.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms gets a new poster and trailer!

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

Opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.

Directors:  Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston

Producers:  Mark Gordon, Larry Franco

Executive producers:  Sara Smith, Lindy Goldstein


In Theaters Wednesday, November 21st 

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history. 

Release Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Producers: Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler
Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Guy Riedel
Distributor:  MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures

Tuna The Dog | A.X.L. In Theaters August 24th

TUNA THE DOGFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tuna is an 8 year-old
rescue Chiweenie known for his exaggerated overbite, recessed jawline
and his magnificent shrivelneck. He was adopted by his mom, Courtney
Dasher, in December of 2010 at a Farmers Market in LA when he was a 4
month-old puppy. He now he lives a very happy life traveling around the
U.S. and UK with his parents, and brings joy to people everywhere he
goes through personal interactions, as well as through his social media
accounts. Tuna now has over 1.9 million followers on his Instagram, @tunameltsmyheart,
and over 2 million followers on all of his social channels combined.
Since Tuna is a rescue dog, it has become a part of Courtney’s mission,
in addition to bringing his followers joy, to raise awareness for rescue
groups through this platform.

Movies Anywhere Expands to Include Microsoft Movies & TV Service

Movies Anywhere and Microsoft Movies & TV join forces, making it
easier for film fans to access and grow their movie collections. Users
simply sync their Microsoft account with Movies Anywhere to centralize
their favorite digital movies purchased from Microsoft alongside their
movies purchased from other Movies Anywhere retailers. Movies Anywhere
allows consumers to access their digital movie collection at home or on
the go in one simple cross-platform app that also features over 7,500
digital movies for purchase — including today’s sought-after release of
“The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut” with 15 minutes of brand-new
action and jokes lovingly inserted throughout.

Using the Movies Anywhere app and website,
Microsoft customers can access their eligible digital movies from
Hollywood’s major film studios, including Sony Pictures Entertainment,
Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and
Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (encompassing
Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Upon
connecting their Microsoft account with Movies Anywhere, users can watch
their favorite redeemed and purchased digital movies from participating
digital retailers on an array of platforms, including Xbox and Windows
10 devices; Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV;
Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular

Movies Anywhere and Microsoft are celebrating their exciting new
relationship with two limited-time offers. Movies Anywhere users will
get an exclusive sneak peek at a bonus feature from “Deadpool 2.” The
clip, from a feature titled “Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes,” gives
fans a behind-the-scenes look at the cast collaboration that resulted in
hilarious on-set improv and alt takes. Through Aug. 28, users who sync
their account for the first time with Microsoft or another participating
digital retailer will automatically receive “X-Men: Days of Future
Past” in their digital movie collection.

launch has been highly anticipated by our most passionate movie fans,
and we are very excited to bring Microsoft into the Movies Anywhere
family,” said Karin Gilford, General Manager, Movies Anywhere. “Movies
Anywhere brings your movie collection together quickly and easily, and
we’re thrilled to share this benefit with Microsoft customers. Since our
launch just nine months ago, consumers have stored more than 135
million movies on our app, and both content and quality continue to grow
with the onboarding of new retailers like Microsoft.”

are thrilled that Microsoft now supports Movies Anywhere,” said Pedro
Gutierrez, Director, Movies & TV, Microsoft. “With Movies Anywhere,
all of your eligible movies from Microsoft can be enjoyed across your
favorite screens at no extra cost. Microsoft Movies & TV allows you
to watch the newest movies across your favorite devices — like Xbox —
before streaming services or disc, and without subscription or
membership fees.”

THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL directed by Masaaki Yuasa has a new clip!


In Select Theaters Beginning August 22nd

From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Adventure Time‘s “Food Chain”) comes The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto.

As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as “The Girl with Black Hair” experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife… all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart.


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