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Her Majesty Decrees, THE FAVOURITE (Nominated for 10 Oscars) Arrives on Digital 2/12 & Physical 3/5

In early 18th-century England, a frail Queen Anne (Golden Globe® Winner Oliva Colman) occupies the throne, and her closest Friend, Lady Sarah (Academy Award® Winner Rachel Weisz), governs the country while tending to Anne’s ill health and volatile temper. When new servant Abigail (Academy Award® Winner Emma Stone) arrives, Sarah takes Abigail under her wing as she cunningly schemes to return to her aristocratic roots, setting off an outrageous rivalry to become the Queen’s favourite.

The Favourite has been one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year. It has received numerous awards including The Venice Film Festivals’ Grand Special Jury Prize for Director Yorgos Lanthimos, 10 wins at the British Independent Film Awards, selected as AFI’s 2018 Movie of the Year and a Golden Globe® for Olivia Colman’s performance as Queen Anne. The film has also nabbed 10 Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay.

Special Features Include (Digital, Blu-ray™ & DVD):

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Favourite: Unstitching the Costume Drama

Multi-Award Nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me? Starring Melissa McCarthy Arrives on Digital Feb. 5 and DVD Feb. 19

Melissa McCarthy is masterful in the captivating account, based on a true story, of Lee Israel, a best-selling celebrity biographer in the 1970s and ’80s. When Lee (McCarthy) comes to the realization that she’s no longer en vogue, she spins her art form into a perilous web of lies, deceit and outright crime to get back on top.

McCarthy and co-star Richard E. Grant both received Golden Globe®* and Academy Award® nominations for their acclaimed performances in the film, which was also nominated for an Adapted Screenplay Oscar®.**

Certified Fresh™ on Rotten Tomatoes®, movie fans can add Can You Ever Forgive Me? to their digital collection on Movies Anywhere beginning February 5th and DVD February 19th.

*Golden Globe® Nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture
**Academy Award® Nominations for Actress in a Leading Role; Actor in a Supporting Role; and Adapted Screenplay (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
Academy Award® and Oscar® are the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


– Deleted Scenes – with/without Commentary by Director Marielle Heller

  • Outtake
  • Vet’s Office
  • Cat Café
  • Lee and Jack Drink
  • Ms. Whitman Short

– Promotional Featurettes

  • Elevator Pitch
  • Becoming Lee Israel
  • Likely Friends
  • A Literary World

– Audio Commentary by Marielle Heller and Melissa McCarthy
– Galleries

  • Lee Israel Letter Gallery
  • Unit Photography Gallery

Morgan Freeman Celebrates World Read Aloud Day! – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Now Available on BD/Digital

Every year, on February 1, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people.

In celebration, Academy-award winning and “Easy Reader”* actor Morgan Freeman is calling attention to the importance of sharing stories and advocating for literacy with a special reading out loud of the book, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Dance of the Realms by Calliope Glass.

New Video: “Sugar Rush” Judge & Master Pastry Chef Adriano Zumbo’s Nutcracker Dessert

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms cake was created at Vanilla Bake Shop in Pasadena by “Sugar Rush” judge and master pastry chef Adriano Zumbo in celebration of the film’s release on Bl-ray and digital (now available).


This bespoke, multi-layer cake includes a Mother Ginger spicy and sweet cake, a chocolate forest cake inspired by the Fourth Realm,  Sugar Plum Fairy candy jam and other hidden sweet treats within. The exterior of the cake features a Nutcracker red glaze adorned with edible figures, including Clara’s chocolate puzzle egg with owl on top, a key and mouse hidden within a bouquet of flowers and candies.

Legally Blonde Collection is coming to Blu-ray on Feb 26th!

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) takes on the world and brings it to order in The Legally Blonde Collection, coming to Blu-ray™ on February 26, 2019, from Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line, available now for pre-order from Shoutfactory.com, and Amazon.
In Legally Blonde, Elle’s boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis) dumps her for mean girl Vivian Kensington (Selma Blair), and Harvard Law, so she decides she should go too – what, like it’s hard? With her loyal sidekick Bruiser, the handsome Emmett (Luke Wilson), and new friend Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge) by her side, Elle hits the books and fights to be taken seriously, while she helps her friends stand up for themselves. Directed by Robert Luketic, the film cited as “impossible to dislike” by Roger Ebert also stars Victor Garber, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter, Linda Cardellini, and Raquel Welch.
“Never underestimate a woman with a French manicure and a Harvard Law degree,” says Congresswoman Rudd (Sally Field) In Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde. In this charming sequel, Elle (Witherspoon) storms the Capital in her one-of-a-kind fashion to pass a bill against animal testing, turning DC on its stuffy, boring head. Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Legally Blonde 2 also stars Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Wilson, and Bob Newhart.
Bonus Features:
·        NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Legally Blonde Negative
·        NEW Interview With Actress Jessica Caulfiel
·        Audio Commentaries
·        Featurettes
·        Deleted Scenes
·        Gag Reel
·        Music Videos
·        Theatrical Trailers

‘TAKEN’ with Liam Neeson turns 10yrs old // Stream Now on HBO NOW

I got swamped last week and missed Taken turning 10. Then, Liam Neeson decided to become relevant again for the Woke Folk. Enjoy Taken on HBO NOW!

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Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

2019 Cesar Awards Nominations: “Memoir of War” by Emmanuel Finkiel

Memoir of War has been nominated for the 2019 Cesar Awards in eight categories. The prizes are awarded by France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences. The gala will take place on 22 February 2019.

2019 Cesar Awards Nominations for MEMOIR OF WAR includes:

  • Best Film
  • Best Director (Emmanuel Finkiel)
  • Best Actress (Melanie Thierry)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay by Emmanuel Finkiel
  • Best Cinematography (Alexis Kavyrchine)
  • Best Costumes (Anais Romand, Sergio Ballo)
  • Best Sound (Antoine-Basile Mercier, David Vranken, Aline Gavroy)
  • Best Production Design (Pascal Le Guellec)

Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms and Blood & Iron arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (Plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) 4/2

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One of the all-time greatest comics characters comes home when the Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms and Blood & Iron double feature arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) April 2 from Lionsgate. Voiced by the very same actors from the popular live-action films, including Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, and John Hurt, Sword of Storms and Blood & Iron arrive on 4K Ultra HD™ just in time for fans to catch up on the iconic franchise before the new reboot of the live-action film hits theaters on April 12. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack also features Dolby Atmos® audio mixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, the Hellboy Animated double feature 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack is packed with special features and will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.


In the first animated feature from director Tad Stones (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command), a folklore professor becomes unwittingly possessed by the ancient Japanese demons of Thunder and Lightning. But when The Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense dispatches a team of agents to investigate, a cursed samurai sword sends Hellboy to a supernatural dimension of ghosts, monsters, and feudal mayhem. Now, while pyrokinetic Liz Sherman and fishboy Abe Sapien battle one very pissed-off dragon, a lost and cranky Hellboy must find his way home. Even if he can survive the perilous journey, how much crap does a guy have to put up with from the two most vengeful and ferocious spirits of Japanese legend?



When Hellboy, Liz Sherman, and Abe Sapien are assigned to investigate the ghost-infested mansion of a publicity-hound billionaire, they uncover a plot to resurrect a beautiful yet monstrous vampire from Professor Bruttenholm’s past. But before they can stop her bloodbath, Hellboy will have to battle harpies, hellhounds, a giant werewolf, and even the ferocious goddess Hecate herself. How much crap does a guy have to take from a Hungarian Blood Countess before he and his surrogate father can avenge the souls of the damned? It’s going to take more than just a horde of very pissed-off demons for our heroes to see the light in this animated adventure from creative producers Guillermo Del Toro and Mike Mignola.



  • “A New Breed: Creating the New Hellboy” Featurette
  • “Conquering Hellboy: The Actor’s Role” Featurette
  • “A View from the Top: The “Heads” Sequence” Featurette
  • “Tales from the Tomb: A Look Inside Blood & Iron” Featurette
  • “’Iron Shoes’ with Introduction by Mike Mignola” Featurette
  • Sword of Storms Audio Commentary Featuring Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Supervising Producer-Director Tad Stones, and Director Phil Winstein
  • Blood & Iron Audio Commentary Featuring Mike Mignola, Tad Stones, and Vic Cook
  • “Reversal of Fortune, Professor Bloom’s Story” Featurette



Ron Perlman               TV’s “Hand of God,” Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Selma Blair                 TV’s “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” TV’s “Anger Management”, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Doug Jones                TV’s “Star Trek: Discovery,” Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

and John Hurt             That Good Night, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

ASIANCRUSH & MIDNIGHT PULP Streaming Highlights: SVOD/AVOD Premieres Include Nakata’s GHOST THEATER, SAMURAI CAT, Anime Classic GALAXY EXPRESS 999 and More!

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Friday, February 22

Join a panel of fashion and pop-culture experts as they delve into the past, present, and future of this global phenomenon in this insider’s guide to Japanese kawaii culture, from innovative bento and Tokyo sneaker heads to nail art and J-beauty trends!

Oscar Winners
Friday, February 1
All aboard for the Galaxy Express 999, a true anime classic based on Leiji Matsumoto’s original manga. Beginning at Megalopolis Station on one end of the galaxy and ending at Andromeda on the other, the Galaxy Express travels through space, yet it’s more than just a train: it’s a metaphor for life itself, with passengers constantly boarding, debarking, and dreaming along the way. Tetsuro Hoshino is a youth who’ll give anything to board the Three-Nine, including a promise to accompany a mysterious woman named Maetel all the way to Andromeda, the planet where, she tells him, he can get a free machine body to avenge the cruel death of his mother at the hands of the villainous Count Mecha. But nothing is as easy as it sounds, and Tetsuro is about to learn the true price not only for boarding the Three-Nine and avenging his mother, but for leaving his childhood behind, falling in love, and becoming a man. (Japanese, 128 minutes, Subbed & Dubbed)

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