Saturday News: Phantom of Winnipeg, Bad Trip, Poms, more!

Phantom of Winnipeg


Phantom of Winnipeg

Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival (SHIFF) proudly announces the U.S. premiere of directors Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley’s PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG, a rollicking, deeply-felt love letter to the 1974 Brian De Palma cult classic PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE.


Hilarious and heartwarming, PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG is the spirited chronicle of the unique obsession the locals of Winnipeg, Canada, have had with the cult film, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, since it opened in 1974. Upon release, PARADISE came-and-went without fanfare, but not in the closely-knit city of Winnipeg—the film was an instant box-office smash that has inspired generations. Entertaining residents open their PHANTOM-loving hearts alongside other engaging interview subjects, including writer/director Kevin Smith, original PHANTOM cast members, star/songwriter Paul Williams, Gerrit Graham, producer Edward R. Pressman, and many more. Directors Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley and Edward R. Pressman are scheduled to be in attendance.


But the night’s fun won’t end there, because after WINNIPEG…


The original cult classic itself, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, rocks the Tarrytown Music Hall to its core! Director Brian De Palma’s 1974 odyssey of a hopeful singer/songwriter (William Finley) who sells his soul to a Faustian record label owner (Paul Williams), and the silky-voiced muse both men are both obsessed with (Jessica Harper), will haunt your soul while it brings you to your feet. Legendary PHANTOM producer, Edward R. Pressman (THE CROW, AMERICAN PSYCHO, WALL STREET) is scheduled to attend for a live discussion, with additional special guests to be announced.


“SHIFF is so excited to have both the U.S. premiere of PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG and the original PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE at the fest this October,” says SHIFF co-founder Matt Verboys. “The historic Tarrytown Music Hall is such the perfect venue to celebrate The Phantom, Swan, Phoenix and Beef, along with the devoted fans who love them—you really can imagine The Phantom himself haunting this theater as his Paradise.”


Directors Malcolm Ingram and Sean Stanley agree, ready to unleash PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG at SHIFF. “We are honored and thrilled to share our opus at such a storied location,” says Ingram. “Makes perfect sense. We are grateful to the Sleepy Hollow Film Festival for the opportunity.”


“We feel privileged PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG will have its U.S.premiere at Sleepy Hollow Film Festival,” claims Stanley. “And ecstatic that Ed Pressman will be in attendance.” Quoting from one of the film’s great Paul Williams songs, “The Hell of It,” Stanley adds, “Roll on thunder, shine on lightning!”


Check out PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG’s trailer here:

Both films will be featured at the festival, which takes place October 10-13, 2019. Check and the Tarrytown Music Hall for forthcoming information on schedules and ticket availability.


SHIFF, a celebration of outstanding genre cinema in the cradle of the American supernatural, takes place in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, NY,October 10-13, 2019, and features an exciting lineup of film premieres, special screenings and live events. The festival is currently accepting film and script submissions, which can be entered


Visit Sleepy Hollow NY at and follow SHIFF at @SHIFF2019 on Twitter, @sleepyhollowfilmfest on Instagram and on Facebook.

Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery & Tiffany Haddish go on a BAD TRIP in New NSFW Trailer!


In Theaters October 25th

From the producer of JACKASS and BAD GRANDPA, this hidden camera comedy follows two best friends go on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem.

Bad Trip is directed by Kitao Sakurai (“The Eric Andre Show”) from the minds of Dan Curry, Kitao Sakurai, and Eric Andre – and produced by Jeff Tremaine, Dave Bernad, and Ruben Fleischer. The film stars Eric Andre (“The Eric Andre Show,” THE LION KING), Lil Rel Howery (UNCLE DREW, GET OUT) and Tiffany Haddish (GIRLS TRIP, NIGHT SCHOOL).

Orion Pictures presents Bad Trip, in theaters nationwide on October 25, 2019.

POMS – Starring Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver – Arrives on Digital 7/23 and Blu-ray™ & DVD 8/6


It’s never too late to show your team spirit in the uplifting comedy, POMS, arriving on Digital July 23, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand August 6, 2019, from STXFilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Academy Award® winner Diane Keaton (Book Club) and Academy Award® nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), the film follows a woman who revisits her passion for cheerleading, inspiring those around her to live life to the fullest. Full of humorous and empowering moments, POMS is an endearing comedy that will inspire audiences of all ages and have everyone cheering.

>From the studio that brought you Bad Moms and the producer of Book Club, POMS is an uplifting comedy about a woman who forms a cheerleading squad at a retirement community. With an all-star ensemble cast led by Keaton and Weaver, the film features film icons Pam Grier (Larry Crowne), Celia Weston (The Intern), and Rhea Perlman (Sing) as the group of women who are determined to defy stereotypes while having the time of their lives. Filled with moving performances, POMS is a “heartfelt and hilarious” (Hollywood News Source) story with a profound message that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

POMS will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

Mill Creek Entertainment launches streaming alternative, movieSPREE

New Customers Can Build A Vast Digital Library With 100 FREE Movie Offer!

Emerging from the over-saturated subscription-based streaming marketplace, leading independent home entertainment distributor, Mill Creek Entertainment, is pleased to announce the launch of transaction-based streaming service movieSPREE. This new streaming alternative gives movie buffs and cord-cutters an exciting new destination to build a digital library. With apps now available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android devices, movieSPREE is available without long-term contracts, subscription fees or advertisements.


movieSPREE has a robust assortment of bingeworthy film and TV bundles, genre-based collections and specially curated compilations including Lonesome Dove, The 10th Kingdom, The Kids in the Hall, Documentary Now!, Benji, Gone in 60 Seconds and over 2500 hours of entertainment. movieSPREE offers a whole new way to build a digital content library where all users will receive an offer to redeem 100 free movies which will be added to their library.

“The establishment of movieSPREE is an important growth opportunity for us,” states Patrick McDonough, EVP of Sales & Marketing for Mill Creek Entertainment. “As the content distribution model shifts to a direct-to-consumer strategy, building our own streaming service allows us to connect to our customers and showcase our entertainment offerings in a meaningful and targeted way.”

Many of Mill Creek Entertainment’s DVD and Blu-ray releases include digital redemption offers which will allow end users to add to their movieSPREE library. Content can be streamed from the movieSPREE apps and website using your phone, tablet, laptop or supported OTT devices. movieSPREE also features exclusive content and offers that do not have a DVD or Blu-ray counterpart or availability on other streaming platforms.

movieSPREE has collaborated with leading OTT content distribution provider ViewLift to create a cohesive customer experience across web, mobile, and connected devices. “The ViewLift team is thrilled to partner with Mill Creek Entertainment to launch movieSPREE,” states ViewLift President Manik Bambha. “Our alliance showcases the robust features and functionality of a backend system developed by the ViewLift team. ViewLift’s monetization and distribution expertise launched movieSPREE, which will help cinephiles watch movies they love and introduce new viewers to great films.” ViewLift’s end-to-end distribution and monetization platform provides a comprehensive solution that allows real-time publishing across all movieSPREE apps and sites.

Mill Creek Entertainment has established itself as the leading independent home entertainment studio in North America. From special edition Complete TV Series releases including The Shield, Married…With Children, and Roseanne, to special edition SteelBook® release of Mothra and an entire lineup of Retro VHS-style movies on Blu-ray, Mill Creek’s extensive catalog contains both mainstream and cult entertainment offerings that have exceeded performance expectations at retail despite the declining packaged media industry reports.

Follow Millan Ludeña’s Incredible Journey FROM CORE TO SUN On VOD Now

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Levector Films are excited to announce the Digital HD debut of Oliver Lee Garland’s documentary From Core To Sun, following Ecuadorian athlete Millán Ludeña as he embarks on his new adventure to be the first athlete to register a new Guinness World Record for his beloved country. From Core To Sun is an inspirational story that shows us that when we defy our own limits and break through them, we achieve the most extraordinary things while chasing our dreams and never giving up.
From Core To Sun is now available on Digital HD, including Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, major Cable providers and others.

Trafalgar Releasing & Anthem Entertainment Debut Trailer for RUSH: Cinema Strangiato 2019

Bea Santos stars in Blindsided. Check out the trailer!

Cohen Film Collection brings ASH IS PUREST WHITE to DVD and Blu-ray on July 16th

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Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, today announced that Cohen Film Collection will release Jia Zhangke’s acclaimed new romantic crime drama
ASH IS PUREST WHITE on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as digital platforms, on
July 16, 2019.
ASH IS PUREST WHITE finds writer-director Jia Zhangke (Still Life, A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart) revisiting familiar themes while continuing to observe modern Chinese society with an urgent, empathetic eye. The film, which premiered at Cannes 2018 to critical acclaim, centers on Qiao (Zhao Tao, Jia’s wife and frequent star), who is in love with Bin (Liao Fan), a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, Qiao fires a gun to protect Bin – which gets her sentenced to five years in prison. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.
Beginning in 2001 in the postindustrial city of Datong and then expanding out into an epic narrative spanning 17 years and revealing how abstract forces shape individual lives, ASH IS PUREST WHITE continues Jia Zhangke’s body of work as a record of 21st-century China and its warp-speed transformations.
David Ehrlich of IndieWire praised ASH IS PUREST WHITE as “an epic tale. Further proof that Zhao Tao is one of the greatest actresses in the world.” The Hollywood Reporter‘s David Rooney said, “The film provides a transfixing leading role for Jia’s wife and indispensable muse Zhao Tao … Their partnership is one of the great husband-and-wife collaborations of contemporary cinema. The performances of the two leads are riveting.”
“This is one of [Jia’s] peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before,” raved Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune. Zhao Tao’s performance is “her best yet,” wrote Peter Howell of the Toronto Star. “Zhao and Liao make the most potent couple in [Jia’s] entire filmography,” said Trevor Johnstone of Little White Lies.
Extras on the ASH IS PUREST WHITE Blu-ray and DVD include a “Directors Dialogue” with Jia Zhangke recorded at the 2018 New York Film Festival.

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