Random News: Teacher, Blu-ray announcements, 3Below, MPI Digital, Hatchback

Random News: Teacher, Blu-ray announcements, 3Below, MPI Digital, Hatchback 1

TEACHER | Thriller Starring David Dastmalchian and Kevin Pollak Lands in August 2019

Cinedigm has announced it will release the psychological thriller Teacher on digital, DVD, and VOD on August 13, 2019, following a limited theatrical engagement.

Written and directed by Adam Dick, the film stars David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man, upcoming Dune and The Suicide Squad) and Kevin Pollak (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” The Usual Suspects) and was produced by Matthew Helderman (Buffalo 8 and BondIt Media Capital) and Zachary Kamen. Teacher opens August 2 in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Glendale, with an additional one-night-only screening in Chicago at the Logan Theater on August 3 (Q&A with director and cast to follow).

Adam Dick’s narrative debut as a director, Teacher is an unflinching portrayal of trauma as a contagion passed between people and generations, all set within the prism of modern suburbia. The film follows the downward spiral of a high school English teacher (Dastmalchian) as he goes to disturbing lengths to protect his favorite students from bullies and challenge the power of a wealthy patron (Pollak) within the community.

THE IRON ORCHARD on Digital, Blu-ray & DVD August 6th

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Santa Rita Film Co announced today that their Texas drama The Iron Orchard will be available on digital, Blu-RayTM, and DVD on August 6, 2019. Based on Tom Pendleton’s 1966 novel and directed by Ty Roberts, The Iron Orchard stars Lane Garrison (Shooter, Camp X-Ray), Ali Cobrin (Neighbors, American Reunion), Austin Nichols (“Ray Donovan,” “One Tree Hill”) and Lew Temple (Kidnap, “The Walking Dead”).

Filled with themes of greed, love, and the unrelenting pursuit of success, The Iron Orchard transports the audience to mid-century Texas where oil ruled the land. The film follows Jim McNeely (Garrison) on his journey to overcome his past by becoming an independent oil tycoon. Fueled by ambition, he is forced to navigate through both the oilmen in the fields and Texas high society to ultimately figure out what kind of legacy he wants to leave.

“I wanted to tell a story that was deeply personal, but also unquestionably universal,” said Writer/Director Ty Roberts. “The Iron Orchard is a film that undeniably captures the tough, but ambitious spirit of Texas, and we’re excited to be able to share the story with a wider audience.”

Sept. 6 “Santana Live At US Festival” on Blu-ray, DVD From Shout! Factory

On Labor Day Weekend in 1982, Santana took the stage at US Festival in San Bernardino, California, and gave the audience a thrilling performance. Coming to Blu-ray™ and DVD from Shout! Factory on September 6, Santana Live At US Festival captures the electrifying live experience of this important moment in music history, and contains the hits “Black Magic Woman,” “Gypsy Queen,” and “Oye Como Va,” as well as an appearance by special guest Herbie Hancock on “Incident at Neshabur,” interspersed with interviews with Carlos Santana. Special features include interviews with Santana reflecting on his career, his signature sound, and the theory of his music, as well as an interview outtake.
Conceived by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and music impresario Bill Graham, US Festival was a transformative event for Santana in his long and illustrious career, and this performance from September 4, 1982 represents the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer at his best.
From award-winning filmmaker and rockumentarian Glenn Aveni, Santana Live At US Festival offers fans a first row seat to this tremendous performance from the legend, which rivaled his set at Woodstock for its energy, excitement, and inspiring musicianship.
Santana is on tour now.
Santana Band:
Carlos Santana – Lead Guitars, Vocals
Alex Ligertwood – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Richard Baker – Keyboards
David Margen – Bass Guitar
Graham Lear – Drums
Raul Rekow – Percussion
Armando Peraza – Percussion
Orestas Vilató – Percussion
With Special Guest Herbie Hancock – Keyboards on “Incident at Neshabur”
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
Oye Como Va
Nowhere To Run
Incident At Neshabur
Jingo Lo Ba
Hold On
She’s Not There/Marbles
Open Invitation
Special Features:
Santana Reflects On His Career
Explaining His Signature Sound
The Theory Of Santana’s Music
Santana Interview Outtake

Epic Anniversary Set ‘Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting’ Comes to DVD October 1 from Shout! Factory

Sesame Street 50 DVD Blu-ray

From the five boroughs of New York City to the beaches of Los Angeles, and every town in between, Sesame Street has been entertaining and teaching children for 50 years. Now, on October 1, 2019, Shout Kids and Sesame Workshop proudly present a birthday bash for the beloved brand with the release of Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting on DVD and digital download.

The first disc in this very special 2-disc set features some of the greatest Sesame Street moments from yesterday and today: fan-favorite animations like “Ladybug Picnic” and “Pinball Number Count”; new and classic songs from Kermit the Frog’s soulful “It’s Not Easy Being Green” to will.i.am’s empowering anthem, “What I Am”; and timeless interactions between children and the Sesame Street Muppets. 50 Years and Counting will also let fans revisit Sesame Street’s many unforgettable celebrity appearances: Patti LaBelle putting a glamorous spin on the alphabet song; Amy Poehler teaching the gang new vocabulary words; R.E.M.’s joyful rendition of “Furry Happy Monsters”; Ricky Gervais trying — and failing — to sing Elmo to sleep; and other guest appearances made pop culture headlines while embodying Sesame Street’s inclusive lessons and values.

The second disc is an exclusive collection of the most iconic “Street Story” segments from Sesame Street’s 50-year history. With help from kids’ favorite characters, the early childhood experts behind Sesame Street helped generations of families tackle big conversations through little moments like these: the neighborhood’s poignant farewell to Mr.Hooper; the dramatic reveal of Big Bird’s not-so-imaginary friend, Mr. Snuffleupagus; and the debut of Julia, the first Sesame Street Muppet with autism.

50 Years and Counting also lets fans revisit the lighter side of the Street: Super Grover’s many crash-landings, Bert and Ernie’s classic comedy-duo antics, moments with human friends like Bob, Maria, Luis, Susan, and Gordon, and much more. There are even a few never-before-seen outtakes with Jim Henson and other original performers! With over five-and-a-half hours of content from all five decades of the beloved show, 50 Years and Counting offers something for everyone – from the very young to the young at heart.

Customers who buy the set at select retailers will also receive an exclusive Sesame Street frame, while supplies last. The frame features fan-favorite characters and is the perfect place to house a 2”x 3” photo of a special Sesame Street fan.


Sesame Street’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebrates the timeless lesson that Sesame Street has always taught: everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, is equally deserving of respect, opportunity, and joy. Throughout 2019, families everywhere can join all their furry and feathered friends in celebrating Sesame Street’s past, present, and future with a nationwide road trip, celebrity- and fan-fueled social media campaigns, new social impact initiatives, and a star-studded primetime special that will kick off the show’s 50th season.


Fans are encouraged to share their favorite Sesame Street memories across social media this year using the hashtag #ThisIsMyStreet.

Princess Emmy takes over your home screens on October 15th

It’s a gift fit for a queen… Princess Emmy reigns supreme on October 15, when she bows on DVD and digital via Shout! Kids! The new animated feature is voiced by Ruby Barnhill (The BFG, Mary and the Witch’s Flower), Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones, Netflix’s Hilda), Franka Potente (Run Lola Run, Bourne Identity), and John Hannah (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Mummy), and directed by Piet de Rycker (Laura’s Star, Little Polar Bear).
Princess Emmy is a young girl with a secret gift – she is the only one in the Kingdom of Kandis who can speak to horses. Up until now, life for Emmy has been wonderful: exploring and hanging out with her best friends – a stable full of horses; spending time with her family at the castle and not having a care in the world. That is, until her jealous, scheming cousin Gizana appears, challenging her at every turn, threatening Emmy’s chances of becoming an officially inaugurated princess and generally making her life hell. And on top of all that, Emmy must undergo the ultimate test to earn the right to keep her gift. If she fails, she loses the gift and her best friends forever. There is a huge amount at stake for such a little girl.
Princess Emmy is produced by Studio 100 Media (Germany) in co-production with Talking Horse (UK) and Witebox (Belgium).

New Clips – 3Below: Tales of Arcadia


The second season of DreamWorks Animation 3BELOW: TALES OF ARCADIA is premiering exclusively on Netflix July 12th! From creator and executive producer Guillermo Del Toro and the seven-time Emmy Award-winning team behind ​DreamWorks Trollhunters, executive producers ​Rodrigo Blaas, Marc Guggenheim and Chad Hammes, the action-packed series features the voice of Diego Luna (Star Wars: Rogue One) as “Krel”, Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) as “Aja”, Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation) as “Vex”, Glenn Close (The Wife) as “Mother”, Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, Okja) as “Steve”, Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) as “Stuart” and Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) as “Kubritz”.

In the second season of DreamWorks 3Below: Tales of Arcadia finds Royal aliens, Aja and Krel cleaning up the mess that was left behind after their epic victory against General Morando’s bounty hunters. Still reeling from the betrayal by their bodyguard, Varvatos Vex, Aja and Krel continue to bravely defend themselves and their “Earthling” friends against powerful dangers old and new, all while attempting to fix their damaged Mothership and return to Akridion-5.


Such A Funny Life Lands quite the trailer

“Such a Funny Life” is about the Guiterrez family who moves to New York from “nowhere”. Our main character, David grew up in a challenging household with an abusive and plotting father Ralph, and mentally challenged mother Mariah. David is a complete pariah in school and in the street but he is destined to be a comic and entertainer. Through his childhood we follow him as he loses his sister Gabriella, to a tragic death, and then in his teens he falls in love with a complicated and troubled girl named Mariah. He befriends Tito, the responsible kid turned club owner and Rob, the neighborhood leader who turns into the biggest drug dealer in Brooklyn.

We see the evolution of David as he juggles painful circumstances with dire decisions while still honing his ambition to be a successful comic, entertainer and actor. An inevitable story of secrets, loss, and betrayal to reach the top and later forces David to Los Angeles to start a new life where he achieves success in all aspects, albeit with a unknown price on his head and a trail of fire that threatens his family, friends and loved ones that goes deeper than any one of his comedy acts or movie roles.

Cohen Media Group brings GIRLS OF THE SUN to Blu-ray & DVD on 8/6


girls of the sun

Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, today announced that Cohen Media Group will release Eva Husson’s Palme d’Or nominee
GIRLS OF THE SUN on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as digital platforms, on
August 6, 2019.
The visceral and compelling GIRLS OF THE SUN is based on a true story that reveals the strange and unexpected turns modern warfare can take. Somewhere in Iraqi Kurdistan, Bahar, commander of the all-female “Girls of the Sun” battalion, is preparing to liberate her hometown from the hands of ISIS extremists, hoping to find her son who is being held hostage.
A French journalist, Mathilde, comes to cover the attack and bear witness to the story of these exceptional warriors. As their lives are turned upside down, the Girls of the Sun find themselves fighting for women, life and liberty.
Bahar is played by international star Golshifteh Farahani (Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, The Upside), while French actress-writer-director Emmanuelle Bercot (Polisse, It All Starts Today) plays Mathilde.
GIRLS OF THE SUN is director Eva Husson’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story).
G. Allen Johnson of Datebook said GIRLS OF THE SUN “is at once a gritty war movie and an interior drama of suffering and perseverance in conditions few of us could imagine.” “It’s hard not to be swept up by a film that celebrates the indomitable female spirit with such gusto,” wrote James Mottram of the South China Morning Post. The film “gradually builds suspense and sympathy with an intimate character-driven approach that’s powerful without turning heavy-handed,” said Todd Jorgenson of Cinemalogue.
Extras on the GIRLS OF THE SUN Blu-ray and DVD include a Q&A with director Eva Husson.

Level 33 Entertainment releases Award Winning Indie Film HATCHBACK – available VOD August 20th!

Wyatt (ERICSON JUST) is a struggling journalist who meets Fern (LARKIN BELL), a mysterious girl living in her hatchback as she searches for her missing father. When Wyatt uses her story to advance his career, their new romance and his career are put in jeopardy.

HATCHBACK Official Trailer from Level 33 Entertainment on Vimeo.


YEAR: 2019


IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5982922/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Level33Entertainment/ @Level33Entertainment

TWITTER: @Level33_ent, @Hatchbackmovie

INSTAGRAM: @level33entertainment, @hatchbackmovie

THE EDGE OF LOVE & LOVE RANCH: Re-released and Available On Digital For the First Time via MPI Digital

Available for the first time on digital platforms on July 9th
edge of love mpi digital
The life of legendary poet Dylan Thomas is told through the stories of two free-spirited women who loved him in this fiery romantic dramas set in wartime London.
As World War II rages on, poet Thomas (Matthew Rhys) reconnects with an old flame, Vera (Keira Knightley), who is working as a cabaret singer while he is writing propaganda scripts for the government. When his wife Caitlin (Sienna Miller) learns of Vera’s re-entry into her husband’s life, what could have been a heated battle between the two women instead blossoms into an unlikely camaraderie, as each finds their tempestuous nature and shared affections reflected in the other.
But with the return home of Vera’s former lover William (Cillian Murphy), a rift begins to develop that threatens to destroy the seemingly idyllic lives they’ve started to build with each other. And as the war continues, the two women’s devoted friendship may be the one thing that endures them as their lives are changed and their loyalties tested during this most tumultuous time in history.
love ranch mpi digital
Available for the first time on digital platforms on July 30th
Even more from MPI Digital
LOVE RANCH is the bizarre but true story of the origins of Northern Nevada’s phenomenally successful Brothel Industry. In the 1970s, Joe & Sally Comforte’s Mustang Ranch outside Reno, Nevada, was America’s first and most infamous legalized house of prostitution. Portraying these two modern-day outlaws as fictional characters are Academy Award® Winners, Joe Pesciand Helen Mirren. An ex-taxi driver, Charlie Bontempo (Pesci) has actually made his American Dream come true – promoting the legalization of prostitution in Nevada and delivering to himself and his wife a literal ‘pot of gold’.
Grace Bontempo (Mirren) is the brains behind Charlie’s money-making machine – a tough, intelligent ‘Madame’ whose task it is to manage the twenty eccentric women who work as prostitutes at The Ranch. LOVE RANCH reveals the human side of this illicit cottage industry when Charlie buys the contract of Argentine heavy-weight champion, Armando Bruza (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) in hopes of promoting a World Championship fight between Bruza & Muhammad Ali.
Because Charlie is an ex-felon he names Grace as Bruza’s titular manager, setting off a flame of passion in his seemingly unshakeable wife that erupts into a love triangle with murderous repercussions.

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