This Week in Pop Culture [November 17th, 2019]

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A NEW CHRISTMAS: In Theaters, on Digital, and on Demand December 6, 2019

Primal arrives on Digital 12/31, and Blu-ray & DVD 1/7

Nicolas Cage stares down an assassin and a shipful of deadly animals when Primal arrives on Digital December 31 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD January 7 from Lionsgate. The film is available On Demand now. Directed by Nick Powell, in his second collaboration with Nicolas Cage (Outcast), and written by Richard Leder, Primal stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Nicolas Cage (Academy Award®: 1996, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas; Golden Globe®: 1995, Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Leaving Las Vegas), Famke Janssen (X-Men franchise, TV’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Blacklist”), Kevin Durand (TV’s “The Strain,” “Swamp Thing,” X-Men Origins: Wolverine), LaMonica Garrett (TV’s “Designated Survivor,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Arrow”), and Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® nominee Michael Imperioli (Golden Globe®: 2003/2005, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “The Sopranos”; Emmy®: 2001/2003/2004/2006/2007, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “The Sopranos”). A thrilling and action-packed film that Nicolas Cage fans will love, Primal will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $22.99 and $19.98, respectively.

When Frank Walsh (Nicolas Cage), a hunter and collector of rare and exotic animals, bags a priceless white jaguar for a zoo, he figures it’ll be smooth sailing to a big payday. But the ship bearing Frank’s precious cargo has two predators caged in its hold: the cat, and a political assassin being extradited to the U.S. After the assassin breaks free – and then frees the jaguar – Frank feverishly stalks the ship’s cramped corridors in hot pursuit of his prey, right up until the thrilling, unpredictable climax.


  • The Making of Primal

Level 33 presents docu-film MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED in theaters and OnDemand Friday, December 6th!

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MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED follows and documents these young adults over the course of 10 years as they leave home and encounter the real world. Beginning at their graduations in 2007 and concluding in 2017, we watch as their dreams and goals turn into triumphs and setbacks, as their expectations become realities. The documentary is a bold experiment in filmmaking, melding cinema verité with personal interviews, and capturing a 10-year window of our subjects’ lives with rare continuity, emotional honesty and intimate storytelling.


QUAY: One of four daughters born to a single out-of-work mother in Detroit’s worst neighborhood, is the first in her family ever to attend college. She enrolls at Eastern Michigan University, 20 minutes from where she grew up, because she wants to be close to her Mother who is her rock and the motivation for any success Quay aspires to achieve. Three years into her college experience, Quay’s mother passes away tragically and unexpectedly, and she is devastated.  She falls into a deep depression and drops out of school. Eventually, Quay finds the strength to leave a toxic romantic relationship and does everything she can to get back into school. We watch as she works two jobs and struggles to pay the bills. Unsure of where her drive and ambition come from, her story culminates with her finally graduating college after ten years.

PETER: Only child of two UCLA linguistics professors.  Having grown up without television, Peter took to playing piano, creating science projects, and reading the New Yorker for fun.  At the age of 14, Peter decided that he was a nerd and resolved to give himself a makeover.  He rid himself of glasses, treated his acne and began tutoring the popular kids in his class who in turn taught him how to be socially acceptable and well-liked.  Throughout the ten years, we watch as Peter comes into his own as he attends Brown University. We follow as he thrives in college, travels the world, and moves to China for two years to teach. His story comes full circle as we see him embrace his inner nerd and begins his career at an educational tech start up in San Francisco.

CHARLES: Grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Detroit. Born addicted to drugs, Charles went through the foster care system and was ultimately adopted by the family that raised him. He attends Central Michigan University, where he meets and falls in love with Kylie during his freshman year. A couple years out of college he totals his car and is arrested for DUI. We are with him on the ride home from his court hearing when he vows to get his life on track. Charles struggles with what he wants to do career-wise but finds employment as a loan officer back in Detroit. We seem him propose to Kylie and they marry the following year. A month into the marriage, he realizes he doesn’t love Kylie, and they separate. After months of therapy, he realizes his calling: to be a motivational speaker to inspire kids with a similar upbringing as his own. Charles’ story ends with his first speaking engagement, speaking to troubled youth.

SARAH: As president of her high school’s debate team, Sarah fell in love with politics and decided early on to pursue her passion. She attends the University of Florida and throughout college, does exceptionally well. She studies abroad and travels extensively throughout the Middle East as she falls in love with the middle eastern culture. She then attains a triple masters at University of Texas Austin, but after a heartbreaking break up with her boyfriend of two years, moves to Washington, DC. We watch as she struggles to find a job that she’s passionate about. Her story ends as we see her packing up her DC apartment to move to Dubai where she has landed a dream job and the experience of a lifetime.

WEATHERING WITH YOU in Theaters January 17th | Fathom Preview January 15th & 16th Only!

In Theaters Nationwide Beginning January 17th
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GKIDS proudly presents the highly-anticipated new film from director Makoto Shinkai and the creative team, including producer Genki Kawamura, behind the critically-acclaimed, global smash hit Your Name. The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka 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, Hodaka 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…

Annual “Mystery Science Theater 3000” Turkey Day Marathon Returns This Thanksgiving from Shout! Factory TV

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It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey—cinematic turkey, that is! This Thanksgiving, crack open some canned wassail and join your fellow MSTies for the beloved annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon! Hosted by everyone’s favorite robot friends, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, this year’s marathon features six classic episodes of MST3K hand-picked by series creator Joel Hodgson.
Starting at 12 pm ET / 9 am PT on Thursday, November 28, the holiday marathon will showcase six classic MST3K episodes, as well as new episode intros featuring Tom Servo and Crow. Visit for info on how to watch the Turkey Day marathon and participate in Turkey Day festivities during the holiday week by using the hashtag #MST3KTurkeyDay.
Check out the Turkey Day promo video here:

Michael Biehn, Michael Madsen in Nick Cassavetes’ RED HANDED -Out this December! See the new TRAILER now!

This December, don’t get caught Red Handed.

Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) leads an electric cast in an unnerving new thriller from writer-director Frank Peluso and producer Nick Cassavetes.

When their father is murdered, three brothers descend upon an Oregon mountain river to spread his ashes. After they arrive, one of their children goes missing. One of the brothers was himself abducted 30 years ago when they visited this same river, but he has blocked the incident out of his mind. Only by unlocking the mysteries inside his subconscious, will they be able find the child and return him to safety.
Produced by Nick Cassavetes and Aaron Steele-Nicholson, Red Handed premiered at SPIFFest in Los Angeles last month.

Christian Madsen, Owen Burke, Ryan Carnes, Kenzie Dalton and Michael Madsen co-star in the suspense-ride of the year, on DVD and Digital December 3 from High Octane Pictures.

DC Hamilton’s Sci-Fi Fantasy Film The FARE Rolls Out November 19th

LEVEL 33 Entertainment’s FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY released December 13th at Laemmle Royal and OnDemand!

Float Like a Butterfly – Trailer from Level 33 Entertainment on Vimeo.

In this powerful and timely story of a girl’s pursuit of freedom and belonging, 15-year-old Frances fights for her humble Irish community by becoming a boxer like her idol, Muhammad Ali. While society may be determined to break her spirit and destroy her way of life, Frances was not born to be broken. Instead, she digs deep to prove to her disillusioned father that she’s a true champion.

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