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Memorial Day News: Alita Battle Angel, GKids, Yesterday, Lower East Side & more!

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Alita: Battle Angel Journeys Home with Hours of Extensive Special Features

From Academy Award winners James Cameron & Jon Landau, and visionary filmmaker Robert Rodriguez 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 discarded cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. When deadly and corrupt forces come after Alita, 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.

The action-packed film, also starring Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keenan Johnson has scored $405 million at the global box-office.

Now with hours of extensive special features the home entertainment release takes you behind-the-scenes with James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez to see the journey from Manga to Screen and what it took to bring Alita to life.  Plus, go deeper into the universe of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, where you’ll learn about the past, the characters of the present, and the thrilling sport of Motorball.

Add ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL to your Digital collection on Movies Anywhere July 9 and buy it on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD July 23.

Alita: Battle Angel Blu-ray™ Special Features

  • Alita’s World – get a deeper look into the world of Alita: Battle Angel with these dynamic motion comics.
    • The Fall – a look back at the terrible war that almost destroyed two planets and set the stage for the cyborg warrior Alita’s return 300 years later.
    • Iron City – Hugo gives a guided tour of the Iron City he knows, showing off its dark corners and broken-down neighborhoods.
    • What it Means to be a Cyborg – hunter-warrior Zapan tracks his mark across Iron City while musing about what it means to be a cyborg.
    • Rules of the Game – A high-octane “crash course” in Motorball, introducing the rules, game-play, and the top-ranked players and their arsenal of weapons.
  • From Manga to Screen – a behind-the-scenes look into the origins of Yukito Kishiro’s beloved manga, “Gunnm,” and the long road to bring it to life on the big screen.
  • Evolution of Alita – how Alita was brought to life, from the casting of Rosa Salazar, to performance capture, and final VFX by WETA Digital.
  • Motorball – go inside Iron City’s favorite pastime, from the origins and evolution of the sport, to rules on how the game is played.
  • James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and cast Q&A moderated by Jon Landau.
  • Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Cooking School: Chocolate – a cooking lesson on how to make delicious chocolate like that seen in the movie.
  • 2005 Art Compilation (2019) – James Cameron’s original compilation of concept art for the then-titled “Battle Angel: Alita,” presented with new voiceover and music.
  • Scene Deconstruction – view three different stages of the production – the original live action performance capture, the animation stage, and the final Weta VFX from four different scenes
    • I Don’t Even Know My Own Name
    • Just an Insignificant Girl
    • I’m a Warrior Aren’t I?
    • Kansas Bar

Alita: Battle Angel DVD Special Features

  • Alita’s World – get a deeper look into the world of Alita: Battle Angel with these dynamic motion comics.
    • The Fall – a look back at the terrible war that almost destroyed two planets and set the stage for the cyborg warrior Alita’s return 300 years later.
    • Iron City – Hugo gives a guided tour of the Iron City he knows, showing off its dark corners and broken-down neighborhoods.
    • What it Means to be a Cyborg – hunter-warrior Zapan tracks his mark across Iron City while musing about what it means to be a cyborg.
    • Rules of the Game – A high-octane “crash course” in Motorball, introducing the rules, game-play, and the top-ranked players and their arsenal of weapons.

Alita: Battle Angel DVD Special Features – continued

  • From Manga to Screen – a behind-the-scenes look into the origins of Yukito Kishiro’s beloved manga, “Gunnm,” and the long road to bring it to life on the big screen.

Alita: Battle Angel Digital Special Features

  • Alita’s World – get a deeper look into the world of Alita: Battle Angel with these dynamic motion comics.
    • The Fall – a look back at the terrible war that almost destroyed two planets and set the stage for the cyborg warrior Alita’s return 300 years later.
    • Iron City – Hugo gives a guided tour of the Iron City he knows, showing off its dark corners and broken-down neighborhoods.
    • What it Means to be a Cyborg – hunter-warrior Zapan tracks his mark across Iron City while musing about what it means to be a cyborg.
    • Rules of the Game – A high-octane “crash course” in Motorball, introducing the rules, game-play, and the top-ranked players and their arsenal of weapons.
  • From Manga to Screen – a behind-the-scenes look into the origins of Yukito Kishiro’s beloved manga, “Gunnm,” and the long road to bring it to life on the big screen.
  • Evolution of Alita – how Alita was brought to life, from the casting of Rosa Salazar, to performance capture, and final VFX by WETA Digital.
  • Motorball – go inside Iron City’s favorite pastime, from the origins and evolution of the sport, to rules on how the game is played.
  • Musical Themes – Composer Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) offers an in-depth examination of the key musical themes of his Alita: Battle Angel score.
  • Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Cooking School: Chocolate – a cooking lesson on how to make delicious chocolate like that seen in the movie.
  • Streets of Iron City – Director Robert Rodriguez gives a set tour of Iron City, with cast and crew insights, and a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s creation.
    • Iron City
    • Scrapyard
    • Ido’s Clinic
    • Cathedral
    • Ambush Alley
    • Vector’s Office and the Factory
    • Kansas Bar
  • Allies and Adversaries – meet the allies and adversaries that Alita encounters in Iron City.
    • Zapan
    • Dr. Dyson Ido
    • Grewishka
    • Nyssiana
    • Romo
    • McTeague
    • Vector
    • Chiren
    • Hugo
  • James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and cast Q&A, moderated by producer Jon Landau.
  • Production Materials – explore the initial vision for the movie with art reels from 2005 and 2016.
    • 2005 Art Compilation (2019) – James Cameron’s original compilation of concept art for the then-titled “Battle Angel: Alita,” presented with new voiceover and music.
    • 2016 Art Reel – Lightstorm Entertainment and Robert Rodriguez’s 2016 compilation of concept art reflecting the design of the final film.
  • Scene Deconstruction – view three different stages of the production – the original live action performance capture, the animation stage, and the final Weta VFX cut from four different scenes
    • I Don’t Even Know My Own Name
    • Just an Insignificant Girl
    • I’m a Warrior Aren’t I?
    • Kansas Bar
  • Theatrical Trailers
    • Alita – Official Trailer
    • Alita – Battle Ready Trailer

GKIDS Acquires North American Rights to WEATHERING WITH YOU | In Select U.S. Theaters Early 2020!

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for the animated feature WEATHERING WITH YOU, the new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, whose previous film Your Name set box office records in Japan and around the world ($360 million worldwide box office), and is currently receiving a major studio live-action remake from JJ Abrams.

GKIDS has set an awards qualifying run for 2019 with a theatrical release in early 2020 in both the original Japanese and a new English language version.

The all-rights deal finalized out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO Eric Beckman and Akihiro Takeda for Toho. The film opens in Japanese cinemas on July 19. Rights are sold worldwide by Toho.

“GKIDS is thrilled to be working with Makoto Shinkai and Genki Kawamura on Weathering With You, following their blockbuster hit Your Name,” said GKIDS founder and CEO Eric Beckman. “We have been huge fans of Makoto Shinkai since his breathtaking 5 Centimeters Per Second, and he is unquestionably one of the top animation filmmakers working today. Weathering With You combines Shinkai’s unparalleled visually beautiful and detailed animation with a riveting emotional story that will be sure to connect with audiences worldwide.”
SYNOPSIS
GKIDS proudly presents the highly-anticipated new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed, global smash hit Your Name. The summer of his high school freshman year, Hokoda runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hokoda meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…

Join Ed Sheeran and #RedNoseDay founder Richard Curtis as they discuss their new film YESTERDAY

Yesterday alita

In Yesterday, Himesh Patel is Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the support and devotion of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). When Jack wakes up after a freak accident to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.
Featuring new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, Yesterday is written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).

The lineup for the 9th Annual Lower East Side Film Festival (June 6th – 10th, 2019)

The Lower East Side Film Festival directors are proud to announce the festival’s 9th annual opening and closing night films along with the complete festival schedule.

 

Opening Night (June 6th) will feature the New York Premiere of Shaina Feinberg’s Senior Escort Service written & directed by Shaina Feinberg and starring Chris Manley, Shaina Feinberg, Chris Roberti (High Maintenance, Broad City), Jeff Seal, Mona Chalabi, and Drae Campbell. “After the sudden death of her father, filmmaker Shaina Feinberg goes on a tour of grief in this genre-bending feature film. Blending archival footage with a series of journeys – both real and imagined – Senior Escort Service is a funny and sad meditation on loss.”

 

Opening Night will kick off with a short preceding the Feature; the World Premiere of Nighty Night written & directed by Matt Porter (the Chris Gethard Show) and starring Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Parks and Recreation, Inside Amy Schumer, The Office, Broad City) and Zach Cherry (Crashing, You, Spider Man: Homecoming). This year’s Opening Night Party will be curated by Matt FX and will feature live musical performances from Synead and Simba.

 

LESFF is also super thrilled to announce that this year, 50% of The Lower East Side Film Festival’s programming (Features and Shorts) are created (produced and directed) by women, and they will be partnering with Refinery29 and The Writers Guild of America East for Crafting the Female Protagonist — a night of storytelling and discussion at the East Village’s Bathhouse Studios.

 

LESFF is also excited to be screening the New York Premiere of feature film This Is Our Home; a romance turned horror film directed by Omri Dorani about a struggling couple’s weekend getaway that goes awry when a child arrives in the middle of the night claiming to be their son. Starring and produced by Simone Policano and Jeff Ayers, and written by Rob Harmon.

 

Shorts Highlights at LESFF 2019  include:

 

Legal Smuggling. After making a name for himself as ‘Hanksy,’ Tom Hanks/Banksy mashup street artist, Adam Lucas, found himself meeting his idol: Tom Hanks. During the meeting, Adam is forced to question whether his ‘Hanksy’ monicker is doing more bad than good.

 

La Bruja. The Daily Show’s Eliza Cossio will present a bilingual dark comedy about a Mexican American woman who goes through a breakup, then meets a witch who offers to help. La Bruja is written & directed by Eliza Cossio (HBO’s Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas, The Daily Show) and stars, Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show, Crazy Rich Asians), Sophie Zucker (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Other Two), and Andy Bustillos (HBO’s Girls, Divorce).

 

Too Long At the Fair. Written & Directed by Jessie Barr and Lena Hudson and starring Jessie Barr, Lena Hudson, and Chris Messina (Sharp Objects, The Mindy Project), Too Long at the Fair follows best friends and owners of a fledgling Princess Party business in Los Angeles. After a mishap at an important client’s party the two find themselves in the hole and desperate for funds. They meet a charming divorcee (Chris Messina), and what begins as a provocative yet seemingly harmless adventure takes a downward turn that will alter their lives forever.

 

The Chair. Written by Eric Ledgin (Writer — Superstore, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) & Kelsey Ledgin and directed by Eric Ledgin, The Chair stars Stephen Schneider (Bumblebee, Broad City) and Odette Annable (Cloverfield, Supergirl) and follows two recent exes who try to peacefully divide up their shared belongings.

 

Closing Night (June 10th at Village East Cinema) will feature two documentaries and shorts: The Sweetest Land, The Last Pig, This Is America Shorts Showcase, and Best Buds Shorts Showcase. The  Sweetest Land, directed by Jeffrey B. Teitler is a powerful documentary investigating the real story of violence through the eyes of the midnight surgeons, the victims of violence, the beat cops and prevention organizations. The Last Pig is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Set against the stunning backdrop of upstate New York, this deeply immersive film is a poetic snapshot and a contemplation on the value of life.

 

LESFF Judges include Rosario Dawson (Kids, Rent, Daredevil, Jane The Virgin), Joe Quesada (Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, Executive Producer Cloak & Dagger, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones), Matt FX (Music Supervisor — Broad City, Difficult People, In The Mix with Matt FX), Tamra Simmons (Producer — Surviving R. Kelly, Growing Up Hip Hop), Sam Levy (Cinematographer — Jerry Before Seinfeld, LadyBird, Frances Ha).

 

Short showcases this year include: Mind F*ck Night — short films that festival programmers promise will f*ck with your mind, This is America Shorts, and New York Filmmaker Shorts, among others.

 

The Complete 2019 Lower East Film Festival Schedule is as follows:

 

Thursday, June 6th: Opening Night

  • Opening Night Film, SENIOR ESCORT SERVICE (NEW YORK PREMIERE) 8pm, Village East Cinema

  • Opening Night Party: Music Showcase presented by MATT FX 10pm, DROM

 

Friday, June 7th:

  • NY FILMMAKER SHORTS SHOWCASE. 7pm, Village East Cinema

  • STRANGELOVE SHORTS SHOWCASE. 9pm, Village East Cinema

 

Saturday, June 8th:

  • ROOFTOP FILMMAKER RECEPTION Presented by Radeberger, 2pm, cloudM Rooftop Bar at citizenM Bowery Hotel

  • Feature Film: THIS IS OUR HOME (NEW YORK PREMIERE). 7pm, Village East Cinema

  • MIND F*CK SHORTS SHOWCASE, 9pm, Village East Cinema

 

Sunday, June 9th:

  • CRAFTING THE FEMALE PROTAGONIST with Refinery29 + WGAE, 7pm, Bathhouse Studios

 

Monday, June 10h:

  • THIS IS AMERICA SHORTS SHOWCASE, 6:30pm, Village East Cinema

  • Feature Documentary: THE SWEETEST LAND, 7:30pm, Village East Cinema

  • Feature Documentary: THE LAST PIG. 8pm, Village East Cinema

  • BEST BUDS SHORTS SHOWCASE, 8:30pm, Village East Cinema

IMAX Space Station UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Release Announcement

SPACE STATION will be released as IMAX® Enhanced 4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital combo on July 9 with a $34.98 MSRP. The IMAX Original film is the first cinematic journey to the International Space Station (ISS), where audiences can experience for themselves life in zero gravity aboard the new station.

SPACE STATION is the story of the unique partnership of 16 nations building a laboratory in outer space–a permanent facility for the study of the effects of long-duration exposure to zero gravity and the necessary first step towards the global co-operative effort needed if man is to someday set foot on Mars. Tom Cruise narrates this captivating story of challenges, setbacks and triumphs… and ultimately, the shared international victory of men and women whose dreams exceed the limits of life on this Earth.
The IMAX® Enhanced version of the film utilized the newest, proprietary post-production process developed by IMAX to digitally re-master the film to produce more vibrant colors, greater contrast and sharper clarity in the home. The truly singular home entertainment experience is further enriched with the IMAX signature sound mix delivered to the home exclusively by DTS® with immersive, powerful sound featuring deep bass and dynamic range.

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Director’s Audio Commentary
  • Adventures In Space – Interviews with Tom Cruise, Director Toni Myers and the Astronauts aboard
  • Astronaut Guided Tours of the ISS – Expedition 7– An Audio Visual Tour of the ISS and STS-108 – An Audio Visual Tour aboard Endeavor to the ISS

 

  • 2160p Ultra High-Definition HDR 16×9 (1.78:1) widescreen presentation
  • DTS:X English, Spanish, French, German audio
  • English SDH, Spanish, French and German Subtitles

 

Produced by IMAX Corporation, presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation in cooperation with the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and narrated by Tom Cruise, SPACE STATION documents one of the most important accomplishments by NASA since landing a man on the moon — the on-orbit construction of the International Space Station.

SPACE STATION is the fifth film produced by the unique public/private partnership formed 20 years ago by IMAX Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, NASA and The Smithsonian Institution. It continues IMAX’s space film legacy, which helped shape the entire large format industry.

SPACE STATION is the third IMAX film to be released by Mill Creek Entertainment in the 4K UHD format.  Previous releases include A BEAUTIFUL PLANET and JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC.

Cinedigm Acquires “Madness in the Method,” Jason Mewes’ Meta Feature Directorial Debut

Cinedigm announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to MADNESS IN THE METHOD from Autumnwood Media. The directorial debut of iconic actor Jason Mewes, the comedy stars Mewes (Clerks), Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Gina Carano (Haywire), Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”), Vinnie Jones (Snatch), Danny Trejo (Machete), Stan Lee (in his last onscreen role), Teri Hatcher (Tomorrow Never Dies), Brian O’Halloran (Mallrats), and Dean Cain (God’s Not Dead). Cinedigm will release the picture in select theaters, on demand and digitally in August 2019, with a DVD and Blu-ray™ release to follow later in the year.

In the film Mewes, tired of Hollywood’s perception of him, embarks on a quest to reinvent himself as a serious actor. Upon advice from best friend Kevin Smith, Mewes tracks down a highly secretive method-acting book – with disastrous consequences. The meta comedy marks the return of iconic comic duo Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith (aka Jay and Silent Bob) in their first major live action roles together since Clerks 2. Joining the star-studded ensemble are Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), and David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man).

“We are thrilled to release MADNESS IN THE METHOD,” said Yolanda Macias, Cinedigm’s Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions. “Jason made a hilarious film that is sure to give all of his and Kevin Smith’s fans the laughs they’ve been hungry for since Clerks 2.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Cinedigm,” said producer Rob Weston. “They showed incredible tenacity to acquire the picture and we are convinced we have found the perfect home.”

The deal was negotiated by Josh Thomashow, Director of Acquisitions for Cinedigm, and Rob Weston on behalf of Autumnwood Media.

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