Countdown – Thriller, Suspense, Horror
A young nurse downloads an app that tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and a mysterious figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.
Talitha Bateman, Sean Anders, John Morris, Peter Facinelli, John Rickard, Anne Winters, Tom Segura, Justin Dec
Black and Blue – R – Thriller
A rookie New Orleans cop (Naomie Harris) rounds the corner just as corrupt narc officers are murdering a drug dealer, an event captured by her body cam. When they then fail to execute her and she escapes, the narcs pin the murder on her, and she is hunted both by the narcs who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage and the drug dealers out for revenge.
Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Beau Knapp, Frank Grillo, Reid Scott, Deon Taylor, Peter Dowling
Paradise Hills – Thriller, Sci-fi
On an isolated island, Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes up to find herself at Paradise Hills, a facility where high-class families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves. The facility is run by the mysterious Duchess (Milla Jovovich) where calibrated treatments including etiquette classes, vocal lessons, beauty treatments, gymnastics and restricted diets, revolve all physical and emotional shortcomings within two months. The outspoken Uma finds solace and friendship in other Paradise Hills residents — Chloe (Danielle McDonald), Yu (Awkwafina) and Mexican popstar Amarna (Eiza Gonzalez). Uma soon realizes that lurking behind all this beauty is a sinister secret. It’s a race against the clock as Uma and her friends try to escape Paradise Hills before it consumes them all.
Emma Roberts, Eiza González, Milla Jovovich, Awkwafina, Danielle Macdonald, Brian DeLeeuw, Nacho Vigalondo, Jeremy Irvine
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Great Scott! Back to the Future Celebrates 35 Years
Posted on October 22, 2019, 9:00 am
Universal is going back in time to celebrate 35 years of the beloved film franchise – Back to the Future – starting today, on the iconic fan-created anniversary date captured in the film when Marty McFly travels back to the future: October 21, 2015. Over the next year, fans around the world will be treated to new, inspired-by merchandise across a variety of categories, theatrical re-releases, anniversary celebrations, digital content and more.
New toy partner Playmobil has created a collection featuring fan favorite characters and vehicles including Marty McFly, Dr. Emmett Brown, the DeLorean Time Machine and more – coming in May 2020. Popular Funko POP! figures, a new themed board game from Ravensburger, collectible movie prints from Classic Stills plus other surprises from Hasbro, Mattel, 3D Retro Collectibles and more that will debut next summer.
Publishing program expands with new novelty formats from Running Press and Insight Editions, a new comic series from IDW Publishing, along with existing fan-favorites from other partners, such as: Back to the Future: DeLorean Time Machine – Owner’s Workshop Manual, Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History, William Shakespeare’s Get Thee Back to the Future, Back to the Future: The Classic Illustrated Storybook and much more.
A lifestyle collection of apparel and accessories includes fun, retro looks that are still relevant today. Expected partners include Criminal Damage, Box Lunch, Dumbgood, Haus of JR, Hot Topic, Just Hype, Primark, Suavecito, Super 7, Zara and more. Rubies and FUN.com will have costumes for fan celebrations beyond Halloween. With a nod to the nostalgia trend, Universal has once again partnered with the Otis School of Design for a special “Back to the Future” collection designed by students to be presented at the annual scholarship and benefit fashion show in Spring 2020.
Where we’re going, we don’t need roads… be on the lookout for theatrical events and the debut of the “Back to the Future” trilogy in 4K from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, as well as a celebration from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) later in 2020.
Fans won’t want to miss Back to the Future The Musical, directed by Tony Award winner John Rando, which opens for a 12-week run at the Manchester Opera House on February 20, 2020. The musical features a book by the film’s co-creator and co-writer Bob Gale, and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri (who composed the score for the original 1985 film) and Glen Ballard.
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Celebrity eBay Auction with George Clooney and More to raise money for post-9/11 Vets
Posted on October 21, 2019, 9:00 am
Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), a nonprofit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, announces its Veterans Day Celebrity eBay Auction campaign lineup. Jake Tapper, George Clooney, and Wynonna Judd are among the notable celebrities teaming up to support HFOT’s mission. In partnership with eBay for Charity, bidding for this special online event goes live on Nov. 7, 2019, and closes on Nov. 17, 2019, at www.eBay.com/hfot. There will be a special pre-auction event for two VIP tickets to the Charlie’s Angels world premiere in Los Angeles, which will begin on Oct. 27. All of the proceeds will benefit Homes For Our Troops. Learn more about Homes For Our Troops and the auction at www.hfotusa.org/celebrityauction.
Participants can make an impact by bidding on once-in-a-lifetime experiences, luxury items, and autographed memorabilia from various movie stars, musicians, and sports figures, while helping HFOT’s mission to build and donate specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans.
CNN’s Jake Tapper, a longtime HFOT supporter and Mission Ambassador, along with actor George Clooney, have enlisted the help of friends, namely movie stars and entertainment icons, to arrange an extensive assortment of auction items up for grabs to benefit Homes For Our Troops this Veterans Day. The VIP experiences include spending an afternoon with Tapper and Paul Rudd over lunch in New York City; two VIP tickets to Matt Damon’s new movie Stillwater and a meet and greet; tickets to a Wynonna Judd concert with a meet and greet; and lunch with Colin Hanks and the cast of the HBO’s Band of Brothers. Tapper’s fellow Celebrity Auction cohost, actor George Clooney, has generously donated his autographed Omega Seamaster 300 Gold Watch to auction off. Other celebrities who have donated items include: Ben Stiller, Beth Dover, Bryan Cranston, Chris Evans, Dave Matthews Band, Elizabeth Banks, Jacob Tamme, Jon Bon Jovi, Judd Apatow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Bateman, Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd, Seth Meyers, Shonda Rhimes, Trevor Noah, Weird Al Yankovic, Whoopi Goldberg, Willie Nelson, and many more.
“It’s an honor to be an Ambassador for Homes For Our Troops and to work with the group and eBay on our annual Celebrity Auction again. The event raises awareness and funds for the incredible work Homes For Our Troops does by giving participants the opportunity to bid on experiences and items from their favorite celebrities. We’ve received a great amount of support from well-known stars, musicians, artists, sports figures and more, and hope to make this year’s auction even more of a success.” – Jake Tapper
“Homes For Our Troops is an amazing nonprofit that builds and donates adapted homes to our nation’s most severely injured Veterans. I am honored to take part in the auction again, and I look forward to spreading the word about HFOT’s important mission this Veterans Day,” says George Clooney.
Country music icon Wynonna Judd, who along with Tapper serves as a Mission Ambassador for HFOT, is lending her star power to the cause as well. “I am truly excited to be a part of this Veterans Day Celebrity Auction and give back to HFOT and our nation’s injured Veterans,” says Judd. “I’ve witnessed this organization change the lives of Veterans and their families for the better through the gift of a specially adapted home, and I’m proud and blessed to help them do even more of their miraculous work through this initiative.”
“We are preparing for another tremendous auction with Jake Tapper and his team,” says HFOT President Tom Landwermeyer. “Partnering with big name celebrities and public figures helps us place a spotlight on the critical need of adapted housing for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans.”
“We are proud to partner with Homes For Our Troops for the third year in a row for their Veterans Day auction,” says Brenda Halkias, General Manager of eBay for Charity. “Last year’s auction raised almost $160,000 and this year is bringing even more exciting inventory and experiences from notable celebrity supporters.”
Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” To Be Released in Innovative Way
Posted on October 18, 2019, 9:00 am
The Walt Disney Studios, has announced “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” will be released worldwide in the stunning 270-degree, panoramic ScreenX format, starting October 16, 2019. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” in ScreenX will be releasing in more than 230 screens, across 26 countries, including 33 screens in the U.S. with Regal Cinemas, B&B Theatres and CGV Cinemas. The film opens in the U.S. on October 18th.
ScreenX is the world’s first multi-projection theatre technology that allows a 270-degree panoramic movie watching experience. ScreenX allows the audience to go beyond the frame of the traditional movie screen, utilizing a proprietary system to expand the center screen image to the side walls, surrounding audiences with imagery and providing a sense of being inside the movie.
ScreenX will expand key sequences of the film, projecting onto the left and right side walls of the auditorium, enveloping the audience and drawing the audience deeper into the cinematic experience of “Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil.” The lush landscape of the Moors, the fairytale kingdom of Ulstead and the enchanted dark forest will expand, giving audiences a wider view of the fantastical world on screen.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with The Walt Disney Studios to release ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ expanded and treated in the ScreenX format,” said JongRyul Kim, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX. “In ScreenX, we will be taking the film beyond the main screen, offering more of its stunning visuals and open up the world of ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ in theaters for a fantastic cinematic experience.”
ScreenX has quickly enhanced its international reach, successfully screening Hollywood blockbusters and local feature films alike, including a record of nine titles released in ScreenX this year with additional titles to be announced in the coming weeks. Past collaborations between Walt Disney Studios and CJ 4DPLEX in ScreenX include successful worldwide releases of “Captain Marvel,” “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” “Black Panther” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” altogether bringing in a record of $32M in the global box office.
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” will also be available in 4DX, another immersive technology from CJ 4DPLEX that feature motion seating and environmental effects ranging from water, scent, wind, fog, snow and more, elevating the 2D filmgoing experience into the fourth dimension. In the U.S., “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” in 4DX will be releasing with Regal Cinemas, Cinepolis, Marcus Theatres and CGV Cinemas.
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Harrison Ford and Julia Roberts Face Their Fears
Posted on October 17, 2019, 9:00 am
From Abraham Lincoln to Winston Churchill and Mahatma Ghandi, some of the world’s most important historical figures have overcome their fear of speaking in public to achieve great success. Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, is a common social phobia, with an estimated 75 percent of the population experiencing some form of anxiety before giving a speech. For the last 95 years, millions of people have joined Toastmasters to help with their fear of public speaking.
You might find it hard to believe that some of the most famous people in the world tremble at the thought of speaking in front of an audience, but as this list shows, anyone can suffer from glossophobia:
Entrepreneur Richard Branson still breaks out in a cold sweat at the memory of his first speech in front of classmates at school. Although he admits to still loathing public speaking, Branson uses a few tips to help him cope with large audiences and is one of the highest-paid speakers in the world.
Harrison Ford has called public speaking “a mixed bag of terror and anxiety,” but that hasn’t prevented the “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” actor from starring in numerous blockbuster movies and receiving the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute.
Before becoming one of the highest-earning stand-up comedians, Jim Gaffigan had stage fright and a fear of public speaking when he first began performing in front of an audience.
When Samuel L. Jackson was a child, his speech therapist suggested acting to help combat his debilitating stutter and speaking phobia. Jackson has gone on to win an Academy Award® and appear in more than 120 movies.
Julia Roberts went from a stutterer with a fear of public speaking as a child to giving a memorable acceptance speech when she won the Best Actress Oscar® for “Erin Brockovich” in 2001.
As the list above indicates, even famous individuals have suffered from glossophobia; however, they were able to overcome their fear and find success in their professional lives. Toastmasters International, the global organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development, offers a casual club setting for people to face their fear and practice speaking in front of a small and supportive audience.