Tuesday’s Best News: Broad City, Ernie Kovacs, Film Movement, and more!
BROAD CITY: SEASON 5 and BROAD CITY: THE COMPLETE SERIES on DVD July 9
Hailed as “comic gold” (Newsday), the critically acclaimed series “Broad City” delighted fans over five uproarious seasons. Now, the fifth and final season arrives on DVD, along with a new Complete Series collection.
Executive produced by Amy Poehler, “Broad City” stars series creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, whom The Hollywood Reporter called “the true voices of their generation.” The pair navigate their 20s in New York in “an ingenious love letter to friendship and the city” (New York Times) through hilarious and outrageous antics.
The final season boasts a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and brings five years of wacky adventures and misadventures to a satisfying and entertaining end “with a series of episodes that capture their warm, raunchy friendship as strongly as ever” (Boston Globe).
The show’s many guest stars have included Fred Armisen, Amy Sedaris, Seth Rogen, RuPaul, Kumail Nanjiani, Kelly Ripa, Jane Curtin, Fran Drescher, Amy Ryan, Aidy Bryant, Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Nixon, Seth Green, Tracee Ellis Ross, Hillary Clinton, Tony Danza, Wanda Sykes, and more.
“Broad City” Season 5 will be available in a two-DVD set and “Broad City” The Complete Series will be available in an 11-DVD set, which includes an extra disc of special features. The discs include the following:
Season 1 (two discs):
Outtakes & Deleted Scenes
Video Commentary on Select Episodes
Season 2 (two discs):
Outtakes & Deleted Scenes
Pop-Up Enhanced Episode
“Hack Into Broad City” Series
“Body by Trey” Videos
Season 3 (two discs):
Hack Into Broad City
Behind the Scenes with Broad City
NOMO FOMO: An Art Show About Broads In The City
Season 4 (two discs):
Hack Into Broad City
Behind Broad City
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Season 5 (two discs):
Hack Into Broad City
Outtakes & Deleted/Extended Scenes
Complete Series Special Features Disc:
Abbi & Ilana’s Broad City
Behind the Scenes—Includes two set tours and two featurettes on the costumes
The Making of Season 5—Three featurettes, one of which is exclusive to the DVD
A NYC Broad City Send-Off Fit for a Queen—Exclusive to the DVD
KOVACS CENTENNIAL NEWS: Ernie Kovacs NJ Tribute May 22 & Library of Congress Programs for Ernie & Edie Adams May 10 & 11 in Culpepper, VA.
Announced today, on Edie Adams birthday……May is a big month for the Ernie Kovacs (& Edie Adams fans too!) as we have confirmed two events to celebrate the Ernie Kovacs Centennial! They are:
Library of Congress al the Packard Campus Theatre in Culpepper, VA (http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/schedule.html)
Friday May 10 (7:30pm) – Ernie Kovacs
As part of the Library of Congress’ yearlong initiative exploring America’s Changemakers, the Packard Campus Theater presents an evening of highlights from the career of comic genius and television pioneer Ernie Kovacs (1919-1962). Clip program of Kovacs commemorating Kovacs centenary & his best known work hosted by Kovacs Archivist Ben Model & Josh Mills from the Ernie Kovacs & Edie Adams estate.
Saturday May 11 (7:30pm) – Edie Adams
The Library will present this program of memorable moments from Edie Adams’ successful and inventive variety series “Here’s Edie” (ABC, 1962-64) along with other highlights from her career. Hosted by and featuring a discussion from Adams’ son Josh Mills. Mills and Ben Model, archivist for the Kovacs/Adams collection.
New Jersey State Museum Auditorium, Trenton NJ
Wed. May 22 (10:30am) – A Special Tribute to Ernie Kovacs for his Centennial in his hometown of Trenton, NJ – Free
A special tribute commemorating The Ernie Kovacs Centennial 1919-2019 presented by the New Jersey Dept. of State, NJ FIlm & Television Commission, the City of Trenton & It’s Alive! Media. Featuring a clip program of Kovacs groundbreaking work with Secretary of State Tahesha Way, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora and the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission.
On 5/7, Film Movement Classics Brings ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU CHOU, Shunji Iwai’s Acclaimed Coming-of-Age Story, to Blu-ray for the First Time in North America
For young people around the world, music is often the only salvation when pain and suffering becomes too much to bear. Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) is in 8th grade and worships Lily Chou-Chou, a Björk-like singer whose lush and transcendent music provides the perfect escape from his brutal surroundings. Yuichi also finds solace as the moderator of an online chat room dedicated to his pop idol, but as his real life nightmare of teenage prostitution, crime and bullying grows more untenable, will Lily be enough to save him from isolation and despair?
With 2001’s ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU CHOU, Iwai, one of Japanese cinema’s most singular and creative voices, made a film that Pam Grady of Reel.com said “perfectly distills the relationship between pop music and teens searching for identity.” Andrew O’Hehir of Salon.com penned that the coming-of-age drama “has a youthful restlessness, an almost compulsive daring…I greatly admired its crystalline, high-definition video look, its explosive feel, its wealth of ideas, its willingness to go anywhere and do anything” and when it rolled out theatrically, Michael Atkinson of The Village Voice called it “one of the year’s most memorable [films].”
Hayato Ichihara (Blade of the Immortal)
Shugo Oshinari (Battle Royale II)
Ayumi Ito (Gantz)
Takao Ohsawa (Goemon)
Yu Aoi (Tokyo Ghoul)
New essay by Deputy Director of the NY Asian Film Festival, Stephen Cremin with prologue by Shunji Iwai
Type: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu)
Running Time: 146 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound/2.0 Stereo
Language:Japanese with English subtitles
Just Before Tribeca Film Festival Gets Underway, FILM MOVEMENT PLUS Celebrates Recent Award-Winners with a Streaming Spotlight Launching 4/19
Acclaimed Films Include the Dramedy MY ART (2017) from Director Laurie Simmons; MEN GO TO BATTLE (2015) Which Captured a Best Director Nod for Zachary Treitz; WONDROUS BOCCACCIO (2015) from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani; Paolo Virzi’s HUMAN CAPITAL (2014), Lloyd Handwerker’s Documentary
FAMOUS NATHAN (2014) and Sean Gullete’s TRAITORS (2014)
Each year since its founding in 2001, the Tribeca Film Festival has brought filmmakers, artists, innovators, and the global creative community to lower Manhattan to celebrate the power of storytelling. A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, Tribeca has become one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, discovering emerging and established voices alike.
In celebration of the annual festival, which runs from April 24-May 5 this year, Film Movement Plus shines the spotlight on recent festival award-winners and acclaimed official selections from its catalog.