ASTRO, BOXCAR CHILDREN, PORCO ROSS, THIS IS CONGO and the last of the Weekend Movie News…FOR NOW!

ASTRO, BOXCAR CHILDREN, PORCO ROSS, THIS IS CONGO and the last of the Weekend Movie News...FOR NOW! 1

GARY DANIELS vs. ALIENS in sci-fi actioner ASTRO

Sci-fi thriller Astro, featuring Gary Daniels (The Expendables), Dominique Swain (Boone: The Bounty Hunter) and Marshal Hilton (Primal Rage), bows at Cannes in May before hitting home ent platforms in July.

Film, directed by Asif Akbar and written by Akbar and Bernard Selling, tells of a billionaire’s private space exploration program returning to Earth with an abducted extraterrestrial from a newly discovered alien planet.

Louis Mandylor, Max Wasa, Omi Vaidya, Luke G. Crosby, Orson Chaplin, Gianni Capaldi, Spice Williams-Crosby, Courtney Akbar, Christopher Showerman and Michael Pare also star.

Film receives a DVD release domestically in the U.S. and North America through eOne and ITN Distribution this July.

Astro is a Film Life Factory, LLC and XVIII Entertainment, LLC production. ITN Distribution is handling sales in all domestic and certain parts of the European territories with Avail Films and XVIII Entertainment handling the rest of the world-wide sales at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.

Brian Steele Medina of Gemini Syndrome, composed the music and sound fx for Astro’s trailer, which also features an unreleased track “We Are the Fallen” written by the alternative metal band. The film’s original score is composed by Erick Schroeder.

Asif Akbar and Bernard Selling are currently finishing the Astro book series based on the movie, it’ll be released on Amazon in July.

“We are excited to create and introduce a new modern day science-fiction franchise to the world”, says Akbar.

Martin Sheen and J.K. Simmons in ‘The Boxcar Children – Surprise Island’ in Theaters Nationwide May 8

The beloved Boxcar Children are headed to the silver screen! The new animated feature film THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND hits theaters nationwide for a special one-day event on May 8.

This exciting after-school event is a partnership between Fathom Events, Shout! Kids, and Legacy Classics, and it will also offer moviegoers an exclusive introduction with actor Griffin Gluck and Director Dan Chuba explaining the process of adapting the book to film, and the process of animating. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy the film in approximately 700 select U.S. movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations will be available at Tickets for THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND will go on sale Friday, April 6, and can be purchased online or at participating theater box offices.

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND, the highly-anticipated movie adaption of the popular children’s book of the same name, stars Golden Globe®-winning actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as James Alden, Oscar®-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Dr. Moore, Dane DeHaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) as the mysterious Joe, Joey King (Independence Day: Resurgence) as Jesse Alden, Carter Sand (Frozen) as Benny Alden, Gil Birmingham (Twilight) as Lonan Browning, Griffin Gluck (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life) as Henry Alden, Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) as Capt. Daniel and Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave) as Violet.

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND follows the adventures of the orphaned Boxcar Children as they spend an entire summer living on their Grandfather’s small, nearly uninhabited island. There they meet Joe, who is friendly and helpful, and inexplicably living on their island. Does their new friend have a secret?

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND is fun for the whole family, and is Dove approved for all ages. It is directed by Dan Chuba and Mark Dippé, and is produced by Legacy Classics and co-produced by Shout! Factory, Albert Whitman & Company and Blueberry Pictures. THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND is the first of three new animated features to be adapted from the “The Boxcar Children” book series, as part of a partnership between Shout! Kids and Legacy Classics.

“The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner is one of the best-selling children’s book series of all time. Having just marked its 75th anniversary, over 70 million books have sold world-wide. There are 150 books in the series, and over 1 million kids read the books in schools across North America every year.

STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 | Hayao Miyazaki’s Passion Project PORCO ROSSO in Select Cinemas This Month!

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WHAT: STUDIO GHIBLI FEST, a nine film monthly series of anime classics, continues with the “Porco Rosso.” From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of “Spirited Away”, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a dazzling aerial adventure set in and above the scenic port towns of the Adriatic Sea. This special event will play in movie theaters nationwide for three days only on May 20, 21 and 23.

Porco Rosso is a world weary flying ace-turned-bounty-hunter, whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell. When he infuriates a band of sky pirates with his heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a hotshot American rival, to get rid of him. But with the help of the teenage girl Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and sultry lounge singer named Gina, Porco takes to the skies for what may be his final high-flying showdown.

WHO: GKIDS and Fathom Events


WHEN: Sunday, May 20 at 12:55 p.m. local time (English-dubbed).

Monday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language subtitled).

Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-dubbed).

WHERE: Tickets for “Porco Rosso” can be purchased online by visiting here or at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy these events in nearly 600 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).


Abramorama announced today they will release celebrated war photographer Daniel McCabe’s debut feature length documentary film This Is Congo timed to the 60th anniversary of The Democratic Republic of Congo’s independence on June 30th. This is Congo world premiered at the Venice Film Festival in the fall of 2017 and has played numerous prestigious festivals since including; IDFA, CPH: DOX, Human Rights Watch Film Festival and DOCNYC. The film will open in New York City at the Maysles Documentary Center and in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Music Hall on June 29th, 2018 and will be released theatrically in select cities across the United States and Canada.

From embedding on the front lines with the national army, to displacement camps, to the black market for minerals, McCabe had unprecedented access to many sides of a decades long struggle for control over the most mineral-rich country in Africa. To capture the footage, McCabe shot with customized camera rigs and used creative sound recording solutions often acting as a one-man crew.

This Is Congo provides an immersive and unfiltered look into Africa’s longest continuing conflict and those who are surviving within it. By following four compelling characters — a whistleblower, a patriotic military commander, a mineral dealer and a displaced tailor — the film offers viewers a truly Congolese perspective on the problems that plague this lushly beautiful nation. Colonel ‘Kasongo’, Mamadou Ndala, Mama Romance andHakiza Nyantaba exemplify the unique resilience of a people who have lived and died through the generations due to the cycle of brutality generated by this conflict. Though their paths never physically cross, the ongoing conflict reverberates across all of their lives.

Director and DP Daniel McCabe said, “After spending nearly 7 years working to createThis is Congo I couldn’t be more excited to release it in cinemas throughout the U.S. and Canada. The team at Abramorama is dedicated to getting films like this one a place on the world’s theatrical stage and to a broad audience. This exponentially increases the power of the film, and the strength of its impact, to both the viewer as well as the Congolese population on the ground.”

Abramorama’s Chief Operating Officer Karol Martesko-Fenster (who is also an Executive Producer on the film) added, “It’s an honor for us to be entrusted to engineer the North American release of This Is Congo on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the DRC’s Independence. Filmed by Dan in extreme conditions, the film captures the tragic violence and incredible beauty of the land and its people and gives the American and Canadian public an unprecedented and timely insiders perspective on the real story of one of Africa’s most ravaged countries. “

Years were spent in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the filmmaking team creating the deep and personal access seen in the film. That intimacy immerses the viewer and closes the gap between their reality and that of the Congolese population being held hostage. While we learn of Congo’s tragic history, systemic corruption and the wholesale impoverishment of its people, one can’t help but see familiar reflections of our own society bouncing back. This is Congo is a universal story that meditates on the corruption of man and the banality of war.

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