Movie News Round Up: President Evil, My Neighbor Totoro, Sisters & Brothers, 3 Years in Pakistan, I Dream of Dance, Mirai & Hunter Killer

Movie News Round Up: President Evil, My Neighbor Totoro, Sisters & Brothers, 3 Years in Pakistan, I Dream of Dance, Mirai & Hunter Killer 1

Halloween Parody PRESIDENT EVIL gets a trailer.

Movie News Round Up: President Evil, My Neighbor Totoro, Sisters & Brothers, 3 Years in Pakistan, I Dream of Dance, Mirai & Hunter Killer 3

A parody of the original “Halloween” film, President Evil sees Michael Myers disguised as Trump as he gets about suburbia, hell-bent on killing minorities.
Jose Rosete (The Walking Dead : Red Machete), Christian Hutcherson (Dark) and Johanna Rae (Psychos) star in a Richard Lowly film, written by Lowry and Gregory P. Wolk.

Official Synopsis : Days before the November mid-term Elections, three young girls who are a Muslim, Mexican and Haitian, are stalked by a deranged killer dressed as the POTUS.
President Evil is coming soon.

Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 | 30th Anniversary Showings of Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

WHAT: Throughout 2018, GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured animated features to U.S. cinemas. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 gives fans an opportunity to see nine of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of “My Neighbor Totoro” from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo”, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

My Neighbor Totoro 30th Anniversary” is the story of Satsuki and her sister Mei who move with their father to a new home in the countryside where they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece featuring the voices of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, in a classic tale of magic and adventure for the whole family.

WHO: Fathom Events and GKIDS

WHEN: Sunday, September 30 at 12:55 p.m. local time (English-language dubbed)

Monday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language subtitled)

Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language dubbed)

WHERE: Tickets for “My Neighbor Totoro 30th Anniversary” can be purchased online by visiting or and at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy these events in over 700 select movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website

(theaters and participants are subject to change).

I DREAM OF DANCE with Travis Wall and Denise Wall | Official Trailer

Available to own October 2nd
Available on demand October 9th
A legendary dance teacher (Denise Wall) and her Emmy-Award winning son (Travis Wall) transform the lives of the kids they teach, inspiring them to compete for the title of the Best Dancer and the Top Teen Dance Group in America.
Directed by: Maria Demeshkina Peek
Featuring: Travis Wall, Denise Wall, Allison Holker, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Jason Parsons, Hallie Green, Trinity Bonilla, Anthony Kelly, Anessa Zivic, Jordan Gaskin, Morgan Higgins, Wyeth Walker

3 Years in Pakistan: The Erik Audé Story, an illuminating documentary follows a young man’s harrowing journey from aspiring actor/stuntman in Hollywood, CA to death row prisoner!

The film will be released theatrically by Gravitas Ventures in association with Point of View Pictures in Los Angeles on Friday, September 28th at the Laemmle NOHO and on all VOD/Digital platforms starting Tuesday, October 2nd. iTunes Pre-Order link is coming soon.

Can you imagine traveling to a foreign country, arriving at the airport and immediately being arrested. For what? Why? Drug smuggling is the charge. Told you’re guilty, you’re strip-searched, tortured, whisked away and sentenced to seven years in one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. How would you prove your innocence when you don’t even speak the language or have a trusted advocate, translator, anyone in your corner? What would you do? What could you do?

This is Erik Aude’s story. It is a real-life saga that took years from his life and almost killed him. It involves daily beatings, solitary confinement, an uncertain future on death row and even the charge of murder. His personal account of survival and of how he managed not only to prove his innocence, but also to walk away with his pride intact is fascinating. We’d like to share it with you.

Erik Audé was a 21-year-old up-and-coming actor and stuntman when he became an unwitting pawn in an international drug scheme. Hired to transport luxury leather goods for sale abroad, he was unaware of the “ticking time bomb” he was carrying. 3.6 kilos of opium had been sewn into the lining of his suitcase. Caught red-handed by authorities at the Islamabad Airport, Erik was in for the ride of his life. His protests of culpability were ignored. To his captors, he was a criminal.

Over the next 3 years, he endured unrelenting torture and unimaginably harsh conditions. Ultimately, the innocence he bravely maintained was finally proven to be true. Erik was released and returned to the United States in December 2004.

Erik Audé and producer/director Jamielyn Lippman have known each other for 20 years since they met as young actors. They became friends but gradually drifted apart. It wasn’t until Jamielyn spotted Erik’s photo in the Los Angeles Times in an article with a headline that read, “US Actor’s Fate Is in Pakistan’s Hands,” that the aspiring filmmaker discovered what had happened to her friend.

Moved by the film, Jim: The James Foley Story, about the famed war correspondent tragically beheaded by ISIS and inspired by Erik’s tale, Jamielyn reached out to Erik to tell his own story on film.

3 Years in Pakistan: The Erik Audé Story is written and directed by Jamielyn Lippman. Lippman and Lorna Paul produce with Erik Audé executive producing and features Erik Audé, Mark Hapka (Parallels, Beyond The Mat), Meagan Good (Think Like A Man), Quinton Aaron (Blindside), Erin O’Brien (Clinton Road, Tremors) & former Major League base player Jose Canseco.

Erik Audé has appeared as an actor, stuntman and served as stunt coordinator in numerous films and television series including American Sniper, Dunkirk, The Scorpion King, Dude! Where’s My Car?, “This is Us”, “Sons of Anarchy” and the upcoming FX series, “The Mayans”. Erik portrayed himself in an episode of National Geographic Channel’s “Locked Up Abroad.”

Jamielyn Lippman’s producer/director’s credits include the Brooke Shields executive-produced When the Bough Breaks: A Documentary About Postpartum Depression and Die Trying about the day-to-day lives of Hollywood actors.


THE SISTERS BROTHERS opens in theaters in
New York and Los Angeles on September 21, 2018
Expanding in October
From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), and based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, THE SISTERS BROTHERS is a reimagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man.
It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands: that of criminals, that of innocents…and they know no state of existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two, introspective Eli (Reilly) rides hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. The younger of the two, hard-drinking Charlie (Phoenix) has taken charge with gusto as lead man on the duo’s assignments. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other’s methods.
The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the Gold Rush land of California – a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind. But, can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity?
THE SISTERS BROTHERS also stars Jake Gyllenhaal as learned scout John Morris, and Riz Ahmed as fugitive chemist Hermann Kermit Warm.
Director: Jacques Audiard
Writers: Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain (based on the novel by Patrick Dewitt)
Producers: Pascal Caucheteux, Michael De Luca, Alison Dickey, Megan Ellison, Michel Merkt, John C. Reilly, Grégoire Sorlat
Cast: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, Rebecca Root

First Look: MIRAI directed by Mamoru Hosoda | In Theaters November 30th, Tickets Now On Sale!


GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are proud to announce the U.S. debut of MIRAI. The Japanese animated film from Mamoru Hosoda the celebrated director behind The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Japan’s Studio Chizu, premiered at Cannes in the “Directors’ Fortnight” section. MIRAI will be released in both its original Japanese language and a new English dubbed version. In addition to enjoying the full animated feature, attendees will see an exclusive interview with director

Mamoru Hosoda.

Tickets for MIRAI are available at or at participating box offices.

“Mamoru Hosoda is one of the most visionary and exciting animation filmmakers working today,” GKIDS President Dave Jesteadt said. “As soon as we saw MIRAI, we knew we had to share this beautiful film with as many audiences as possible, and we are pleased that our partnership with Fathom Events makes that possible.”

MIRAI comes to more than 700 U.S. cinemas Thursday November 29 at 7 p.m. (dubbed) and at 8 p.m. (subtitled), Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. (subtitled), and Saturday, December 8 at 12:55 p.m. (dubbed). (Theaters and participants are subject to change).

Earlier this year, GKIDS and Fathom Events presented the US premieres of MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER, FIREWORKS, THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL, and acclaimed director Satoshi Kon’s cult classic PERFECT BLUE to big screens nationwide.

“Our ongoing partnership with GKIDS continues to bring the very best of Japanese animated features to the U.S.,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “This Premiere is an exciting opportunity for anime fans to see this lauded feature.”


From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan’s Studio Chizu comes MIRAI, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai… until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future?


An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, MIRAI is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.


GKIDS is the producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, GKIDS has scored an astounding 10 Best Animated Feature Oscar® nominations with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016, My Life as a Zucchini in 2017, and The Breadwinner in 2018. GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro,

Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS recently launched ANIMATION IS FILM, an annual LA-based film festival. The first edition took place last October at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood for a sold-out audience of 5,000 and generated over 750 million media impressions. ANIMATION IS FILM embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form and is a vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression of which the medium is capable.

Hunter Killer | NEW Final Trailer and Poster starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common and Linda Cardellini


Only In Theaters Nationwide October 26th


Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler, Olympus Has Fallen, 300) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.


Also starring Oscar® winner Gary Oldman (Best Actor, Darkest Hour, 2017), Common (John Wick: Chapter 2), Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), HUNTER KILLER is a high-stakes thriller that unfolds both on land and at sea. Only in theaters nationwide by Summit Premiere on October 26th, 2018.


Directed by Donovan Marsh and written by Arne L. Schmidt and Jamie Moss, HUNTER KILLER is based on the book Firing Point written by retired naval officer George Wallace and author Don Keith. The production of HUNTER KILLER was also fully supported by the United States Navy.

THE WIFE Starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce | Now Playing WIDE in theaters!

Now Playing WIDE in theaters!
Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, Annie Starke, Elizabeth McGovern
Directed by: Björn Runge
Screenplay by: Jane Anderson
Based on the Book by: Meg Wolitzer
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Rated: R
After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife.
Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950’s. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later-a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

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