WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Moviepass hits 3 million, Forbidden Power, Voltron, Breaking In, Metropolis, Game of Thrones Pinot Noir

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Moviepass hits 3 million, Forbidden Power, Voltron, Breaking In, Metropolis, Game of Thrones Pinot Noir 1

MoviePass Exceeds 3 Million Subscribers

MoviePass™, the nation’s premier movie theater subscription service and a majority-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: HMNY) (“Helios”), announced today that it has exceeded 3 million paying subscribers since announcing its low-cost subscription plans in August 2017.

 

MoviePass’ rapid growth is within its projections that estimate the service will exceed 5 million paying subscribers by the end of 2018. MoviePass currently represents more than 5% of U.S. box office receipts, with its peak weeks nearing 8% of box office. When actively advertising to its subscribers, box office receipts have seen weeks push to over 30%

 

As a subsidiary of Helios, MoviePass has substantially driven Helios’ growing presence in the entertainment industry.  Helios recently acquired Moviefone™, a multimedia information and advertising service, from Oath Inc., a Verizon company, which has enabled MoviePass to expand its advertising offerings. In addition, Helios’ subsidiary, MoviePass Ventures, has already acquired economic interests in films and teamed up with MoviePass to drive box office for those films, which Helios believes will maximize downstream revenue opportunities.  Helios’ recent announcement of its deal to buy the film library and current production slate of Emmett Furla Oasis Films and its launch of MoviePass Films with veteran producers Randal Emmett and George Furla, further expands Helios’ ability to self-generate new revenue opportunities for MoviePass.

 

“With MoviePass Films and MoviePass Ventures under the Helios umbrella, we are continuously adding more perks and services for our MoviePass subscribers. Consistent growth in MoviePass subscribers means we can utilize our media companies in ways no one has seen before,” said Ted Farnsworth, Chairman and CEO of Helios. “With its considerable market share of moviegoers, MoviePass expects to influence its subscribers to engage with our other revenue channels throughout the entire film industry ecosystem.”

 

MoviePass Ventures acquired an economic interest in the critically acclaimed film American Animals with The Orchard, a film and music distribution company and a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. The theater debut of American Animals represents one of the year’s most successful independent films, thanks, in part, to marketing efforts orchestrated by MoviePass and The Orchard. Additionally, MoviePass Ventures holds an economic interest in the John Travolta film, Gotti, premiering this Thursday in New York City.

 

MoviePass Ventures uses MoviePass to market its films to MoviePass subscribers, strengthening the box office performance of these films, which in turn maximizes downstream revenue opportunities for MoviePass Ventures from home entertainment (video-on-demand (VOD), subscription video on demand (SVOD), electronic-sell-through (EST), physical-sell-through (DVD, Blu-ray, 4K) and other forms of content distribution beyond the theatrical window).

 

“MoviePass is moving quickly and decisively on a course to continue innovating the film industry from the ground up and delivering audiences for films and films for audiences,” said MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe. “This is the eve of a transformative time in the movie industry. We are witnessing the dawn of a new Golden Age, where audiences, studios, and exhibitors are all connected, from top to bottom — all in the interest of diversifying the movie-going palate and demonstrating the success of smaller, independent titles.”

 

Now available for Rental on Amazon Video Direct USA and UK: FORBIDDEN POWER!

 

FORBIDDEN POWER: Now available for rental on Amazon Video Direct USA and UK!

After a one-night affair with a mysterious woman, a young man is empowered and left with a cryptic message. Films such as Lucy, Limitless, and The Wolfman have featured story lines where the heroes have received transmitted powers via drugs or animal bites, but now comes a fresh take on that idea … sexually transmitted power in the soon-to-be-released science fiction action thriller FORBIDDEN POWER!

Young businessman George (Lincoln Bevers) has a one-night affair with a mysterious Native American woman (played by Nasanin Nuri). When he wakes up the next morning, she’s vanished, but leaves him empowered with abilities that far exceed his own, and with a cryptic message. George embarks on a dangerous quest to find her and the meaning of her message and the extraordinary superhuman gift developing within him.

Forbidden Power, the 7th feature film from director Paul Kyriazi (cult classics Death Machines and Ninja Busters), is now available on Amazon On Demand. Kyriazi is a graduate of San Francisco State University’s film department and spent four years in the movie department of the US Air Force.  He’s directed 32 name actors, such as Rod Taylor, Robert Culp, Adam West, George Chakiris, and David Hedison in his films and full-cast audiobooks based on his novels.

The movie is Executive Produced by Conrad Denke of Victory Studios and Harry Mok, who also produced the upcoming animated film Animal Crackers with the voices of Sylvester Stallone and Danny DeVito.

Forbidden Power was shot in wide-screen using 6K Red Dragon cameras.

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Season Six Available Today, June 15th Only On Netflix!

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Season 6 is available now on Netflix! In celebration of this seven-episode action-packed season we have two new clips to share.

Suspicious of Lotor’s alliance with Voltron, Galra oppressors continue to invade and conquer vulnerable planets throughout the universe.  A hyper-focused Team Voltron feels the need to liberate helpless planets and begins a massive campaign to save millions of lives. But after the Paladins uncover some troubling information, they must engage in their most epic battle yet.  

Gabrielle Union Stars in BREAKING IN Unrated Available on Digital 7/24 and Blu-ray/DVD 8/7

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Moviepass hits 3 million, Forbidden Power, Voltron, Breaking In, Metropolis, Game of Thrones Pinot Noir 3

Locked out of the house by a group of ruthless intruders, one mother must summon every bit of her strength and smarts to save her children who are trapped inside in the edge-of-your-seat action thriller, BREAKING IN, arriving as an Unrated Director’s Cut on Digital and the all-new digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on July 24, 2018 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on August 7, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Producers Will Packer (No Good Deed, Obsessed) and Gabrielle Union (Almost Christmas, Being Mary Jane) reunite for this original action thriller that follows a mother who encounters every parent’s worst nightmare. Bring home the film’s Unrated Director’s Cut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital and discover gripping never-before-seen content, including an alternate opening, deleted scenes and exclusive featurettes.

Shaun Russell (Union) takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father’s secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside where the family soon receives an unwelcome surprise from four men who break into the house in search of a hidden safe. After managing to escape, Shaun stops at nothing to turn the tables on the thieves and rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission in BREAKING IN. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Sense8), BREAKING IN also stars Billy Burke ( Twilight Series), Aijona Alexus (“13 Reasons Why,” Acrimony) and Seth Carr (Black Panther).

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAYTM and DVD
  • Alternate Opening –The Gas Station with Commentary by Director James McTeigue and Scriptwriter Ryan Engle.
  • One Bad Mother – Gabrielle Union shows that there is no limit to what a threatened mother will do to keep her children safe, and why a woman on a mission should never be underestimated.
  • A Filmmaker’s Eye – The crew explores what makes Director James McTeigue’s vision and style uniquely valuable when it comes to creating the right mood for the film.
  • A Lesson in Kicking Ass – A behind-the-scenes look at how physically demanding the role of Shaun was for Gabrielle Union, and the steps production took to ensure the most convincing execution of the stunts throughout the film.
  • A Hero Evolved – An inspiring account of how leading roles are shifting to embrace the qualities that more diverse actors can bring to the table.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Feature Commentary by Director James McTeigue and Scriptwriter Ryan Engle
Breaking In will be available on Blu-rayTM combo pack which includes Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital, and Movies Anywhere.

Mill Creek is Announcing OSAMU TEZUKA’S METROPOLIS SteelBook®

Mill Creek Entertainment, the leader in value home entertainment, is excited to announce the upcoming release of the 2001 anime film Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis as a SteelBook® Blu-ray + DVD combo on October 30, 2018. This spectacular film in its all-new collectible packaging will be available for $34.98 SRP.

Screenplay by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999), Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis is a spectacular visual film with stunning imagery, unforgettable characters, and leaves you questioning what it takes to be human. Special features include interviews with the filmmakers, The Making of Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis, original Japanese audio, and multi-angle animation.

Synopsis

Based on the classic manga, Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis is the industrial, high-tech city of the future. Duke Red, the unofficial leader of Metropolis, plans to unveil a highly advanced robot named Tima, but his violent son Rock distrusts robots and intends to find and destroy Tima.  A Japanese detective and his nephew, Kenichi, travel to Metropolis to apprehend a mad scientist but instead find the robot girl. While trying to navigate the confusing labyrinth beneath Metropolis and avoid the people chasing her, Tima and Kenichi form a strong friendship that is tested when Duke Red separates them, endangering not only Tima’s life but also the fate of the universe.

Osamu Tezuka’s other success include Astro Boy, Kima the White Lion, Black Jack, and Phoenix. The manga and anime were also inspired by the 1927 German silent film of the same name, though Tezuka admitted to never actually seeing the film. With music by Toshiyuki Honda and cinematography by Hitoshi Yamaguchi, Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis was nominated for Best Film by the Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival. The English dubbed film includes voice actors such as Brianne Siddall (Digimon), Michael Reisz (writer, Boston Legal), Simon Prescott (Ghost in the Shell), and Rebecca Forstadt (Robotech, Power Rangers: Time Force).

Vintage Wine Estates & HBO® Expand Game of Thrones® Wine with Introduction of Pinot Noir

Following last year’s successful debut of Game of Thrones wine, Vintage Wine Estates and HBO® Licensing and Retail are expanding their line of premium wines this summer with the introduction of a Pinot Noir. The Emmy® Award-winning HBO® drama Game of Thrones features wine in many of its scenes from the Seven Kingdoms, and the initial launch of Game of Thrones wine gave fans of the Lannisters, Starks and Targaryens their own sigil-emblazoned bottlings.

The new Game of Thrones Pinot Noir, made by Vintage Wine Estates and acclaimed winemaker Bob Cabral, will appeal to connoisseurs and casual wine drinkers alike as it comes from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, one of the premier regions for Pinot Noir in America. This was the next logical step for Game of Thrones wine, as some of Bob Cabral’s highest winemaking achievements in his career have been with Pinot Noir. Scheduled to debut in June, the Game of Thrones 2016 Pinot Noir ($19.99) is elegant and bursting with complex aromas and flavors, according to Cabral. And Game of Thrones fans will be delighted to find two new cork designs, with each bottle containing a cork imprinted with either the House Tyrell or House Martell sigil.

“The new Pinot Noir is a worthy addition to the Game of Thrones line of wines, as it was inspired by the complexity and nuances of this riveting drama,” noted Cabral. “Oregon is renowned for fine Pinot Noir, and this wine captures the essence of the variety and the exceptional vineyards from which it is made.”

The first Game of Thrones wines, a Chardonnay, Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon, were introduced in the spring of 2017. With the Game of Thrones wines, Cabral, who was named Winemaker of the Year in 2011 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and has crafted more than 100 wines scoring 95 points or higher on the 100-point scale, was aiming for wines with layers of complexity and flavor. The wines debuted to critical and popular acclaim and have enjoyed strong sales.

The Game of Thrones 2016 Pinot Noir will be introduced at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic in June and will be available through the website www.gameofthroneswines.com. The wine will also be available in stores around the country later in the summer.

Winners of the 8th annual Lower East Side Film Festival Announced

The Directors of the 8th annual Lower East Side Film Festival and their Judges Panel, Rosario Dawson,  cinematographer Sam Levy, music supervisor Matt FX and Heather Burns, have announced winners in the selected categories:

 

  • Best Live Action Short Film – Allen Anders – Live at the Comedy Castle (1987), Director Laura Moss

  • Best Animated Short Film – Two Balloons, Director Mark C. Smith

  • Best Documentary Short Film – Slave One: The Kung Fu Judge Story, Director Juan Leguizamón

  • Best Music Video – Radiator – Spaceface, Director Federico Torrado Tobon

  • The LESFF Neighborhood Award – A New York Bagel, Directors Virginia Chiang and Mike Lee

  • Best of Fest – The L.E.S. Prix D’Or – A Sniper’s War, Director Olya Schechter

  • The LESFF Audience Award –  A Maine Movie, Directed by Matt Nelsen

  • Best Feature Film –  Wobble Palace, Written and Directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko

2018 marked the 8th Anniversary of the Lower East Side Film Festival. In its inaugural year, the LESFF crew turned a Lower East Side pop-up space into a unique and intimate theater that featured a month long residency of sold-out screenings of some of the independent film community’s most innovative new talent. Since then, the festival has premiered hundreds of short and feature films, hosted thousands of audience members, and has been deemed “one of the most exciting under the radar film events in all of New York City” (Film.com). LESFF was featured in New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix (under “Highbrow/ Brilliant”), The New York Times, Interview, Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, The New York Post, IndieWire, Variety, and many, many more. Over the years, the festival expanded to bigger venues (the famous Sunshine Cinema, Anthology Film Archives, Soho House, The Crosby St Hotel, Village East Cinema) and created special downtown NYC experiences including Rooftop Pool Party Screenings, Drive-In Movie Theater Block Parties, World Premiere screenings, Industry Panels, Concerts, Comedy Shows, Video Installations. LESFF has also launched a podcast on indie filmmaking, Below the Line, and secured distribution for its up and coming independent filmmakers.

 

 

The 2018 judges panel currently includes Rosario Dawson (Kids, Rent, Daredevil, Jane The Virgin), cinematographer Sam Levy (Frances Ha, Mistress America), Matt FX (Music Supervisor for Broad City) and Heather Burns (Miss Congeniality, Sneaky Pete, Manchester by the Sea), among others. Past Lower East Side Film Festival judges and talent have included Ethan Hawke, Susan Sarandon, Willem Dafoe, Denis O’Hare, Laverne Cox, Parker Posey, Ilana Glazer, Dolly Parton, Dana Brunetti, Natasha Lyonne, Marky Ramone, Rebecca Miller, Sasheer Zamata, Judah Friedlander, Lizzy Caplan, Amy Arbus, Justin Bond, Nick Kroll, Eliza Dushku, Dee Snider, and many, many more.

 

Please note early submissions for the 9th annual Lower East Side Film Festival will open August 1st, 2018.

THE WIFE | Starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater

THE WIFE
In Theaters August 17th
Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, Annie Starke, Elizabeth McGovern
Directed by: Björn Runge
Screenplay by: Jane Anderson
Based on the Book by: Meg Wolitzer
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Rated: R
Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty – the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his “art” with grace and humor. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises and Joan’s reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan’s coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. THE WIFE is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.

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