FRIDAY AFTERNOON ROUNDUP: SING, MOANA, DOCTOR STRANGE, THE KILLING OF AMERICA, VOLTRON PUMPKINS, FINDING DORY & POCKET LISTING

FRIDAY AFTERNOON ROUNDUP: SING, MOANA, DOCTOR STRANGE, THE KILLING OF AMERICA, VOLTRON PUMPKINS, FINDING DORY & POCKET LISTING 1

Illumination Presents SING | Cast and Character Group Portrait

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.  Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season.
With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.
The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
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Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.
Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.  And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.
Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy.  Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception.  Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016www.singmovie.com

Disney’s MOANA – Dwayne Johnson sings “You’re Welcome”

Dwayne Johnson (voice of Maui) just revealed a brand new clip from Disney’s Moana exclusively on his Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/p/BL85le6jhkS

The clip features the debut of Maui’s song, “You’re Welcome,” written by Tony Award Winner & Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. To celebrate, Dwayne Johnson will be revealing exclusive behind-the-scenes moments from his recording session with Miranda as part of his first ever Instagram Story – tune in this morning and share with your readers!

Marvel Studios selects latest winner of Girls Reforming the Future program

Last week, Marvel Studios selected the latest winner of their STEM-based internship program in conjunction with the theatrical release of Marvel’s Dr. Strange on 11/4. The theme of this most recent program was The Magic of STEM, challenging girls to explore science and technology that may have once been considered “magic.” The winner of the internship was 16-yr-old Ashley Qin, whose project revolved around wearable biosensors and how they can function as non-invasive glucose monitors.

 

This is the 4th challenge that Marvel Studios has put forth to elevate and celebrate inspirational young women who are interested in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), with each activity tailored to the themes of different Marvel films. Since 2013, thousands of girls across the country have taken part, submitting projects ranging from the creation of hybrid solar thermal collectors to a study of the origins of prosthetic limbs.

 

Earlier this year, Maia Dua took part in the Girls Reforming the Future Challenge on behalf of Marvel’s Captain America Civil War (now on Blu-ray & Digital HD). Her project was the creation of an affordable “seeing eye-bot,” which uses ultrasonics to “see” objects and help the visually impaired navigate their surroundings.

 

Maia shares her experience in this inspiring video, where she recounts her visit to the Siggraph 2016 Conference, spends time with the Disney Imagineers, and shadows Victoria Alonso, Executive Producer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

THE KILLING OF AMERICA — new Blu-ray & DVD street date!

Due to unprecedented interest and demand, the Blu-ray and DVD street date for Severin Films’ THE KILLING OF AMERICA is now Tuesday, November 8th.

In 1981, director Sheldon Renan and Academy Award® nominated co-producer/co-writer Leonard Schrader (brother of filmmaker Paul) created a graphic and provocative examination of America’s history with – and penchant for – senseless violence, mass shootings and cold-blooded murder. Piercing, brutal and at times, unflinchingly graphic, The Killing of America was exhibited briefly in New York in 1982…and subsequently shelved. While the ensuing thirty five years have – thankfully – seen the lowering of overall violent crimes in the nation, the documentary’s themes about equating violence with economic & racial discrimination and the continued proliferation of personal firearms in our republic still echo in the national discourse during this election year. Sometimes, to solve a problem in front of us, we must look to the past…

 

Severin Films announces the October 25th Digital HD and November 8th Blu-ray & DVD release of Sheldon Renan’s controversial documentary The Killing of America on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand. Fully restored and just as explosive almost four decades after its inception, the film will be presented uncensored and uncut. In addition, the Blu-ray™ release includes the even more unnerving Japanese version known as Violence USA, which contains previously unseen footage from the American cut. A limited nationwide theatrical release is also planned; cities and theatres to be announced.

 

The Killing of America begins with the following cautionary note: “All of the film you are about to see is real. Nothing has been staged.” Guided by interviews with criminals (including Robert Kennedy’s assassin Sirhan Sirhan) and law-enforcement officials as well as incendiary newsreel footage of actual violent crimes, viewers are taken on a profoundly disturbing and still chillingly relevant journey into a uniquely American heart of darkness. Rock! Shock! Pop! proclaimed the film “a powerful experience,” The Guardian declared it “austere and remarkable,” and Vox Magazine showered praise via the warning “not for the faint of heart.”

 

The Killing of America Blu-ray™ and DVD comes fully loaded with exclusive Bonus Features including:

 

  • Audio commentary with director Sheldon Renan
  • Interview with director Sheldon Renan
  • Interview with editor Lee Percy
  • Interview With Mondo Movie historian Nick Pinkerton

Brand New Voltron Legendary Defender Pumpkin Stencils for fans! Happy Halloween!

 

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FRIDAY AFTERNOON ROUNDUP: SING, MOANA, DOCTOR STRANGE, THE KILLING OF AMERICA, VOLTRON PUMPKINS, FINDING DORY & POCKET LISTING 5

Halloween is JUST around the corner, and here’s a little something to help out with your pumpkin carving from Dreamworks Animation and Voltron; for fans!

Finding Dory Bonus Clip & Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson Interviews – on Digital HD and DMA Today

Finding Dory is out this week on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA). To celebrate we’ve got a great bonus clip to share with you as well as an In-home Generic Q&A with Ty Burrell  (voice of “Bailey”)  and Kaitlin Olson (voice of “Destiny”).

Coming 12/2: Rob Lowe and Burt Reynolds Star in POCKET LISTING

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Double crosses, adultery, murder, mistaken identity, and revenge ensue when a mysterious power player and his sultry wife hire a disgraced Los Angeles property broker to discreetly market and sell their Malibu villa.

POCKET LISTING
Directed by: Conor Allyn  
Written by
: James Jurdi  
                                      Cast: Rob Lowe (TV’s Parks and Rec); Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights);  
James Jurdi (Reaper); Jessica Clark (A Perfect Ending);  Logan Fahey (The Zodiac); Caitlin Gerard (The Social Network); Christos Vasilopoulos (Banshee); Noel Gugliemi (The Fast and the Furious)
Language: English
Theater Listings:
Los Angeles –  Arena Cinema
Boston (Manchester)  – Liberty Tree Mall 20
Chicago – Streets Of Woodfield 20
Dallas-Ft. Worth – Hulen 10
Houston – Brazos
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale – Sunset Place 24
Philadelphia – Cherry Hill 24
Phoenix – Arizona Center 24
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose – Deer Valley Stadium 16
Washington, DC – Lexington Park 6

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